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January 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM

GOP-led Senate demotes Sen. Hobbs to co-chairman of committee

Democratic State Sen. Steve Hobbs accused the GOP-led majority of the Senate of playing politics Monday when it made him co-chairman of the Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance Committee. “This is the first step of them caving in to the right wing of their caucus,” Hobbs told reporters after the Senate voted 26 to 23 to…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Sen. Jan Angel, Sen. Steve Hobbs

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….


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

March 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM

State Senate passes bill limiting Seattle sick leave law

OLYMPIA — The state Senate today approved 29-20 a bill to limit a recently implemented Seattle sick leave law. Democratic Sens. Tracey Eide of Federal Way, Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam, Brian Hatfield of Raymond, and Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens, joined the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus to support the measure. The bill will now go to the…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: paid sick leave, Sen. Brian Hatfield, sen. ed murray

January 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Flurry of bills to start the legislative session

State legislators have no shortage of things to do this session. One week into the session,more than 350 bills have been filed. While some of these bills will never see the light of day, there are a few stand-outs: Legislators from both the House and Senate filed bills regarding “voluntary termination of a pregnancy,” otherwise known…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: abortion, healthcare, maternity care