Legislator of the week – Mike Carrell

Every Friday during session, the Bus gives its Legislator of the Week award. Nominations are culled from our homeskillets in media, politics, and the non-profit worlds.

Mike Carrell: Silver Fox

Mike Carrell: Silver Fox

There are some huge equal rights bills working their way through Olympia this spring, and one of the biggest of them is SB 5952. Currently, Washington’s law against malicious harassment includes hate crimes based on sexual orientation. This bill, sponsored by Joe McDermott (D – West Seattle) would expand the definition of sexual orientation to include gender identity, which is pretty badass and cutting edge.

A lot of bills died in their committees this week, but not SB 5952. It passed out of the Judiciary Committee, helped in large part by a yes vote from the ranking Republican on the committee, Mike Carrell (R-Lakewood).

For his leadership on a key vote, especially on an issue that has not traditionally been embraced by his party, Senator Carrell was nominated to be the Bus’s Legislator of the Week. We concur! Congrats, Mike.


4 Responses to “Legislator of the week – Mike Carrell”

  1. 1 asiangoddez
    February 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Chalk up one thing he did right in his lifetime. Still won’t be getting his angel wings though. His bill requiring anyone attempting to register to vote provide proof of citizenship passed out of committee this week (SB5213). This bill is anti-Bus.

  2. 2 asiangoddez
    February 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Here’s another terrible bill coming from Carrell:

    SB 5217 – No public money may be allocated for or expended upon the placement of works of art in any facility operated by the Department of Corrections

    Perhaps there is a good explanation for this. I’m open to hearing it, but on first view it doesn’t look friendly to the arts community.

  3. 3 asiangoddez
    February 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Whoops – correction. Those bills DIED this week. They didn’t make it through. THANK THE LORD.

  4. 4 Megan
    February 28, 2009 at 6:19 am

    This is the one thing that may save him.

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