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Topic: Reproductive Parity Act

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January 15, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Washington state ranks high on abortion rights, both sides agree

Two reports released this week show that both sides of the fierce abortion debate agree on at least one thing: Washington state ranks at the top of the country in abortion rights. NARAL Pro-Choice America placed Washington second on its annual Report Card on Women’s Reproductive Rights, just behind California. The group cited state laws…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: abortion, abortion rights, Americans United for Life

April 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Key lawmaker: Abortion-insurance bill won’t get a vote in the Senate

OLYMPIA — One of the most contentious social issues of the 2013 legislative session won’t get a vote in the state Senate Health Care Committee, the chairwoman announced Monday afternoon. The so-called Reproductive Parity Act, which narrowly passed the Democrat-controlled state House on a party-line vote in February, would require health-insurance plans to cover abortions. Supporters…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Randi Becker, Reproductive Parity Act, rodney tom

April 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

State Sen. Steve Hobbs: Abortion measure has needed Senate votes

Updated with Republican reaction State Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, says a House bill requiring health-insurance plans to cover abortions has the 25 votes needed to pass the Senate. He released a letter Monday with the signatures of 25 senators, as a hearing was being held in the Senate on House Bill 1044….

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Reproductive Parity Act, Sen. Rodney Tom, Sen. Steve Hobbs

February 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

State Senate GOP leader predicts gun control, abortion bills will not get floor votes

Updated 3:15 Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said he does not expect floor votes this session on either universal background checks or the abortion measure. “I would rather see our time focused on how we get to a four-year balanced budget, how we reform K-12, what we do about higher education,” Schoesler said in his most definitive…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: abortion, gun control, Mark Schoesler

January 31, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Hearing on insurance coverage for abortions draws large crowd in Olympia

A state House hearing room filled to capacity as soon as the doors opened on Thursday for a committee meeting on legislation requiring health-insurance plans to cover abortions. Security guards had to send people to overflow rooms in the basement a half hour before the start of the 8 a.m. hearing on the…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: abortion, Reproductive Parity Act, Washington State Legislature

January 16, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Republicans nervous about parts of Inslee’s inaugural speech

Republican legislative leaders used a post-inauguration news conference to express concern about several parts of new Gov. Jay Inslee’s inaugural speech. Richard DeBolt, leader of the House Republicans, said he was nervous about Inslee’s support for new tax credits for clean energy programs, calling those and other Inslee priorities a case of “picking winners and losers.” DeBolt,…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: inauguration, Jay Inslee, Linda Evans Parlette

January 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Gov. Inslee vows ‘disruptive change’ during his term

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee promised to bring “disruptive change” to Olympia in a wide-ranging inaugural address before a joint session of the Legislature. The speech touched on the state’s budget shortfall, the need to provide more money for education as well as gun control and other issues. The address for the most part went over…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: gov. jay inslee, gun control, inaugural address

January 10, 2013 at 8:37 AM

So much for avoiding social issues: Abortion coverage back on table

Although Senate Republicans vowed not to get bogged down by social issues in the upcoming legislative session, a big one is primed to smack them in the face. State Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, plans to reintroduce legislation that would require health-insurance plans covering maternity care to also pay for abortions. The Legislature goes into session…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: legislature, Reproductive Parity Act, rodney tom