- Margarita Prentice
Sen. Margarita Prentice Member of the Washington Senate
from the 11th district
Incumbent Assumed office
January 11, 1993
Preceded by Leo K. Thorsness Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 11th district
January 9, 1989 – January 11, 1993
Personal details Born San Bernardino, California Political party Democratic Spouse(s) Bill Residence Skyway, Washington Website margaritaprentice.com
Margarita Lopez Prentice is a Washington State Senator. A Democrat, she represents the 11th District, which includes Seattle's Beacon Hill, South Park and portions of Renton, Kent, Tukwila, Burien, and SeaTac.
Prentice was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1988, taking office the following January. She served until 1992, when she was elected to the Washington State Senate, taking office in January 1993. Her current term ends January 2013. Prentice is the current Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. She is also the former chair and current member of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and serves on the Labor, Commerce, Research and Development Committee. Prentice also serves as an ex-officio member of the Washington State Gambling Commission.
On June 7, 2006, legislation that Prentice pushed through made it illegal to gamble on-line in Washington state.
The legislation's implementation was delayed until courts ruled on its legality. A week before the law took practical effect, Dan "Wretchy" Martin won an on-line poker tournament and netted $160,000 for his efforts.
Mr. Martin has won more than $2 million dollars playing poker on-line. Regarding Martin's statement's about the possibility of leaving his home state to pursue his life's dream and chosen profession, Sen. Prentice said:
"I just think some of these arguments are utter nonsense," Prentice told ESPN.com. "You mean you're going to move so you can play poker? Gee, lots of luck in your life. … I have nothing against card playing. That's fine. If you want to do that, but I'm sure not going to worry about someone … you know. Let them go pump gas."
In 1993, Prentice was a sponsor of SB 5347 to permit farm and agricultural workers to “self-organize, to join employee organizations, to bargain collectively and to engage in other lawful concerted activities for mutual aid and protection, or to refrain from such activities. . . .”
In 1995, Prentice was a sponsor of SB 5503 which directed the Washington Department of Housing to begin reporting on the status of temporary worker housing conditions and to develop livable and decent temporary worker housing in Washington State. In 1998, she was a co-sponsor of SB 6168 which made "it easier and cheaper for farmers and others to construct seasonal housing for temporary workers." It also allocated $2 million to develop housing for low-income farm workers.
Extension of tax exemption laws
In 1997, Prentice was a sponsor of SB 5193. At the time, sales and use tax exemptions were only available to workers for housing provided by an employer. This legislation extended that exemption to agricultural employee housing provided by housing authorities, government agencies and non-profit agencies, provided that at least 80% of the occupants were agricultural employees with incomes less than 50% of the median income level. That legislation was passed by the Washington Legislature in a 138 to 4 vote. It became effective on May 20, 1997.
In addition, Prentice has worked to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and insurance based on sexual orientation. In 2007, she prime-sponsored a bill extending retirement benefits to domestic partners.
In 2007, Prentice prime-sponsored bills asking that the federal government to provide veterans' benefits owed to Filipino veterans. She was also the prime sponsor of a bill providing for the exclusion of veterans benefits from the income calculation for the retired person property tax relief program.
Sports arena in the 11th district
Prior to the Seattle SuperSonics departure from Seattle, Prentice supported funding a new sports complex that would have accommodated them, among others. Prentice explained her support of a proposal to locate a new arena in her district in a February 9, 2007 op-ed in the Seattle Times for "the economic activity the new center will bring to the region ... [and as a] valuable community asset that will create jobs and promote the development of new hotels and great restaurants." Prentice went on to contend that funding the new center would "have almost no impact on King County taxpayers, and no new general taxes [were] are even being considered to pay for the arena."
Financial institutions committee
Interstate bank branching
While the chair of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, Prentice sponsored the first bills in Interstate Bank Branching.
Prentice also sponsored legislation transitioning credit unions to federal share insurance while serving as the chair of the Senate Financial Institutions Committee.
In 1995, Prentice and eight other members of the Senate Financial Institutions and Housing Committee were the first to sponsor legislation (SB 5279) regulating payday lending in Washington.  According to the Washington State Legislature Final Bill Report on SB 5279, it was introduced because: “Short-term small loans serve a credit need in the community. . . . It is better to regulate the activity than to simply ignore it or prohibit it.” This legislation was approved by the Washington Legislature in a 144 to 1 vote and became effective July 23, 1995. When the $15 fee per $100 borrowed on a two-week term is converted into an APR (annualized percentage rate) it is approximately 390%. News sources have reported on Prentice's opposition to attempts to cap the allowable fees on these loans to 36% APR.
Prentice is a fund raising heavy hitter for herself and for the State Democratic party. August 2008 Washington Public Disclosure Commission records show that Prentice has raised more than $231,000 in the 2008 election year reporting period.
In a series of articles attacking Prentice, the Seattle Stranger dubbed her "Senator MoneyTree" because of her acceptance of contributions from Moneytree, a financial services company founded and headquartered in her district. Washington State Public Disclosure Commission records as of August 19, 2008 indicate that there have been no Moneytree-related contributions to the Senator since 2004 and that in the past combined 10 years, Prentice has accepted a total of $1,050 from Moneytree and/or its principals – less than half of one percent of contributions the Senator has raised in the 2008 reporting period alone.
Throughout her legislative career, Prentice has received recognition for her political and civic work. In 2006, she received the following honors:
- Outstanding Legislator by the Children's Alliance
- Legislator of the Year, Retail Association and Mortgage Brokers Association
- Legislator of the Year, Washington Health Care Association
- Legislator of the Year, Washington State Labor Council
- Legislator of the Year, Washington State Nurses Association
- Legislator of the Year, Home Health Care Association
- King County Nurse of the Year
- Champion of Health Care, Valley Medical Center
- Distinguished Service Award, Washington Association of Homes for the Aging
- Legislator of the Year, Washington State Dental Hygienists' Association
Civic memberships and activities
Prentice is a member of various civic and political organizations including:
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Amnesty International
- Democratic National Committee
- First Vice President, Washington State Nurses Association, 1968–1972
- Labor Officer, Washington State Nurses Association, 1974–1978
- Sierra Club
- Renton Historical Society
- Audubon Society
- Humane Society of United States
Prentice attended Phoenix College; Youngstown State University, St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Phoenix and the University of Washington. A nurse for more than 20 years, she worked in various capacities, including hospital administrator and various assignments as a registered nurse. She also served as a member of the Renton school board.
She has three children and five grandchildren.
- ^ Senator Margarita Prentice Committee Chairs & Membership
- ^ Online Gambling Becomes A Felony
- ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/poker/columns/story?columnist=wise_gary&id=5808565
- ^ "University of Washington Law Library". Washington State Legislature. http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/washleghis.html. Retrieved December 16, 2007. (Note: To produce this information, select "Bill Reports – 1987" ; query "Previous Bienniums 1993–94"; key word "5347")
- ^ "University of Washington Law Library". Washington State Legislature. http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/washleghis.html. Retrieved December 16, 2007. (Note: To produce this information, select "Bill Reports – 1987" ; query "Previous Bienniums 1995–96"; key word "5503")
- ^ Yakima Herald, 1998 Locke signs farm-working housing bill
- ^ "University of Washington Law Library". Washington State Legislature. http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/washleghis.html. Retrieved December 16, 2007. (Note: To produce this information, select "Bill Reports – 1987" ; query "Previous Bienniums 1997–98"; key word "5193")
- ^ Senate Bill 5069(2007)
- ^ Prime Sponsored Bills 2007–08
- ^ Sonics arena bid ramped up
- ^ Sonics' proposal is about much more than a b-ball court
- ^ a b "Washington State Legislature Bill Track 1995–96". Washington State Legislature. http://search.leg.wa.gov/advanced/3.0/main.asp. Retrieved December 16, 2007. (Note: To produce this information, query this web form for key words: "Check Casher;" select Senate Substitute Bill Report 5279-S SBR, House Bill Report 5279-S HBR or Final Bill Report 5279-S FBR)
- ^ "Senator Moneytree." The Stranger Jan. 24, 2007. retrieved November 20, 07
- ^ State lawmakers aim to cut payday lenders' interest rates
- ^ "Postman On Politics". The Seattle Times. http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/davidpostman/.
- ^ "Detailed Contributions". Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. http://www.pdc.wa.gov/servlet/ContribServlet. Retrieved August 19, 2008. (Note: To produce this information, query this web form for candidate name "Prentice, Margarita L.", enter "2008" in the "election year" field.)
- ^ Washington Public Disclosure Commission
- ^ Engleman, Eric (February 20, 2005). "Payday politics: Contributions on the rise". http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2005/02/21/story4.html.
- ^ "Detailed Contributions". Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. http://www.pdc.wa.gov/servlet/ContribServlet. Retrieved August 19, 2008. (Note: To produce this information, query this web form for candidate name "Prentice, Margarita L.", entering “Money” "Moneytree" or "Money Tree" in the employer field or "Bassford" in the contributor field.)
- ^ a b Senator Margarita Prentice
- Official website
- Biography at HistoryLink
- Washington State Nurses Association – Hall of Fame Inductee Biography
Members of the Washington State Senate 62nd State Legislature (2011–2012)
President of the Senate: Brad Owen (D) • President pro Tempore: Margarita Prentice (D) • Majority Leader: Lisa J. Brown (D) • Minority Leader: Mike Hewitt (R)
- Margarita Prentice (D)
- Linda Evans Parlette (R)
- Janea Holmquist (R)
- Curtis King (R)
- Jim Honeyford (R)
- Mike Hewitt (R)
- Don Benton (R)
- Joseph Zarelli (R)
- Brian Hatfield (D)
- Dan Swecker (R)
Democratic (27) • Republican (22) • Washington State Legislature • Washington House of Representatives • Washington State Senate
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