For those who care about these things, the Website WashingtonVotes.org has posted its account of missed votes from this year's regular and special sessions of the Legislature. It's a valuable site if you like to keep track of legislative activity. The lawmaker who missed the most votes was Spokane Valley Sen. Bob McCaslin, who was hospitalized and underwent heart surgery during the session. His 491 missed votes were easily at the top of the pack. No. 2, at 163, was Rep. Chris Hurst, and Enumclaw Democrat, whose wife underwent brain surgery followed by a difficult recovery. The five senators and six House members with the most missed votes were given a chance to explain, and most of them said it was personal or family health issues that took them from Olympia when there was work to do. But Sen. Dale Brandland, R-Bellingham, cited merely "personal reasons" (well, yeah) and Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, said he needed a family weekend. My nomination for least justifiable, though, is Sen. Cheryl Pflug, R-Maple Valley, who missed 78 votes mainly because she is going to law school at night.
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