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Smith, Bailey earn perfect tally

State Reps. Norma Smith and Barbara Bailey of the 10th District amassed a perfect voting record during the 2009 Legislative Session, according to a vote tally released by WashingtonVotes.org.

WashingtonVotes.org is a legislative information Web site that tracks every bill, amendment and vote of the Washington Legislature. The organization details how state lawmakers voted in the past session in its recent Missed Votes Report.

In the 2009 session, there were a total of 887 roll-call votes in the House. This session also saw the introduction of 2,584 bills, and a total of 599 were passed.

Smith, R-Whidbey Island, and Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, did not miss a single vote out of the 887 roll-call votes.

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, 10th District, missed 36 votes out of 847 votes in the Senate.

Brandon Houskeeper, WashingtonVotes.org director, said there are legitimate reasons why lawmakers miss votes during a session.

“Legislators are often meeting with constituents, other lawmakers or dealing with unexpected emergencies,” he said.

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