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How many votes did Clark County legislators miss this session

When the Washington Legislature adjourned just before midnight on Sunday, lawmakers were able to finish up a 105-day, budget-writing session on time for the first time in 10 years.

To wrap up their work without going into overtime, both chambers had marathon sessions as they worked out legislation on taxing, spending, mental health and many others. But which lawmakers actually showed up to vote?

WashingtonVotes.org, a service of the free-market think tank Washington Policy Center, has released its Missed Votes Report that offers a look at each legislator’s voting record. The report counted a total of 1,428 recorded roll call votes and passed 485 bills (out of 2,214 that were introduced), as well as who showed up to cast votes.

According to the report, Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, didn’t miss a single vote out the 691 roll call votes in the House. Her perfect attendance might have something to do with her career as an educator but probably more to do with her being majority floor leader.

Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, was the most frequently absent member of Clark County’s legislative delegation, missing 183 votes out of 737 roll call votes in the Senate. But her absence was because of treatments for breast cancer, which she announced she was undergoing prior to the session.

Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, missed 35 votes.

Reps. Vick Kraft and Paul Harris, both Vancouver Republicans, each missed one vote.

Rep. Larry Hoff, R-Vancouver, missed 11 votes.

Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver, missed two votes.

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, missed two votes.

Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, missed 35 votes.

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