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WA Lege Day 78: Abortion coverage hearing today

OLYMPIA — The Reproductive Parity Act, which would require any insurance plan that overs maternity benefits to also cover abortion, gets a hearing this morning in the Senate Health Care Committee.

The bill is controversial, as has been its scheduling.

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, who supports the bill, originally a Senate version of the bill would get a hearing in the Senate Law and Justice Committee in January. That panel held a two-hour hearing on a bill on the other side of the abortion debate, which required adult notification when a minor was seeking an abortion.

But Law and Justice Chairman Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, cancelled the parity bill hearing, and both he and Health Care Committee Chairwoman Randy Becker, R-Eatonville, refused to schedule one. Tom said chairmen have full discretion at what they hear, and he wouldn't override them, even though Senate Democrats introduced a third version of the bill in an attempt to get it sent to a friendlier panel.

When the House passed its version, Becker said she would hear that bill in Health Care. It's the only bill on that committee's  10 a.m. meeting.

To see the day's full committee hearing schedule, or to comment, continue inside the blog. 


Legislative Meeting Schedule

 

Monday, April 01, 2013

Time

Committee

Location

 

10:00 AM

HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS

   
 

Governmental Operations (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

Health Care (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Human Services & Corrections (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 

12:00 PM

PRO FORMA SENATE SESSION

   

1:30 PM

Commerce & Labor (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Law & Justice (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

Finance (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 

3:30 PM

Appropriations (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Transportation (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 


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House Committees


Appropriations*
4/1/13 3:30 pm

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O'Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 3/28/2013 5:04 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. ESSB 5176- Addressing criminal incompetency and civil commitment. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  2. SSB 5195- Allowing nonprofit institutions recognized by the state of Washington to be eligible to participate in the state need grant program.
  3. E2SSB 5243- Establishing policies to support academic acceleration for high school students.
  4. SB 5337- Modifying expiration dates affecting the department of natural resources' timber sale program.
  5. ESSB 5480- Concerning mental health involuntary commitment laws.
  6. 2SSB 5732- Concerning the adult behavioral health system in Washington state.
  7. SSB 5754- Concerning integrated career learning opportunities and employment training for at-risk youth.
  8. SSB 5834- Concerning veteran-owned businesses.


Possible Executive Session: HB 2016- Concerning a hospital safety net assessment.

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Capital Budget*
4/1/13 1:30 pm

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O'Brien Building
Olympia, WA

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Finance*
4/1/13 1:30 pm

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O'Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 3/29/2013 10:53 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SSB 5332- Modifying the percentage of votes required to continue benefit charges for fire protection districts.
  2. SB 5824- Regarding the financing of irrigation district improvements.


Executive Session:

  1. SB 5806- Repealing an obsolete provision for a credit against property taxes paid on timber on public land.
  2. SB 5627- Concerning the taxation of commuter air carriers.
  3. SB 5715- Addressing the evasion of taxes by the use of certain electronic means.
  4. SSB 5705- Concerning amounts received by taxing districts from property tax refunds and abatements.
  5. SSB 5697- Reducing the frequency of local sales and use tax changes.

 

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Transportation*
4/1/13 3:30 pm

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O'Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 3/28/2013 5:40 PM

Public Hearing: SSB 5182- Addressing the disclosure of vehicle owner information.

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Senate Committees

The schedule is subject to the addition of more committee agendas. Please check our website, http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature/pages/calendar.aspx


Commerce & Labor*
4/1/13 1:30 pm

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 3/29/2013 2:01 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SGA 9106- Kelsey Gray, Member, Gambling Commission.
  2. HB 1348- Modifying collective bargaining law related to providing additional compensation for academic employees at community and technical colleges.
  3. ESHB 1467- Addressing the collection of unpaid wages.
  4. EHB 1887- Ordering consideration of increased educational options under vocational rehabilitation plans.
  5. ESHB 1753- Regulating interpreter services.


Executive Session:

  1. HB 1056- Authorizing certain corporate officers to receive unemployment benefits.
  2. EHB 1395- Implementing the unemployment insurance integrity provisions of the federal trade adjustment assistance extension act of 2011.
  3. SHB 1010- Concerning antifreeze products.
  4. HB 1036- Regulating service contracts.
  5. SHB 1487- Clarifying the terminology and duties of the real estate agency relationship law to be consistent with other existing laws.
  6. SHB 1853- Clarifying that real estate brokers licensed under chapter 18.85 RCW are independent contractors.
  7. HB 1608- Concerning the marine employees' commission.
  8. SHB 1001- Concerning beer and wine theater licenses.
  9. SHB 1009- Concerning liquor self-checkout machines.
  10. HB 1149- Increasing the volume of spirits that may be sold per day to a customer of a craft distillery.
  11. SHB 1332- Concerning limited on-premise spirits sampling.
  12. HB 1351- Concerning the identification of wineries, breweries, and microbreweries on private labels.
  13. SHB 1422- Changing the criteria for the beer and wine tasting endorsement for grocery stores.


Other business.

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Early Learning & K-12 Education*
4/1/13 1:30 pm

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Governmental Operations
4/1/13 10:00 am

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:

  1. SHB 1324- Transferring ferry and flood control zone district functions and taxing authorities to county legislative authorities in counties with a population of one million five hundred thousand or more.
  2. EHB 1013- Authorizing regular meetings of county legislative authorities to be held at alternate locations within the county.


Possible Executive Session: Bills heard in committee.

Other business.

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Health Care
4/1/13 10:00 am

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing: EHB 1044- Concerning health plan coverage for the voluntary termination of a pregnancy.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Human Services & Corrections
4/1/13 10:00 am

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

Other business.

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Law & Justice*
4/1/13 1:30 pm

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 3/27/2013 12:04 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SGA 9173- Catherine Shaffer, Member, Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
  2. ESHB 1083- Authorizing judges of tribal courts and administrative law judges to solemnize marriages. (Hearing is on the striking amendment).
  3. HB 1404- Preventing alcohol poisoning deaths.
  4. SHB 1613- Establishing the criminal justice training commission firing range maintenance account.
  5. SHB 1580- Allowing courts to assess additional costs to defendants if they are successful in setting aside a committed finding after failing to respond to an infraction or failing to appear for a hearing.
  6. HB 1227- Regarding cost savings and efficiencies in mailing notices of possible license suspension for noncompliance with child support orders.
  7. SHB 1601- Providing alternatives for penalties stemming from traffic infractions.


If draft bills, proposed substitutes, or striking amendments are to be heard, they can be obtained from committee staff or on the committee's website, http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/LAW/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Ways & Means*
4/1/13 3:30 pm

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

MEETING CANCELLED.

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