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WA Lege Day 24: Press conferences on tap

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has a press conference late this morning, and the House Republicans and Senate coalition leaders have one an hour later.

That doesn't necessarily mean the legislators expect Inslee to say something that demands a rapid response. Both sides usually have a mid-week sit-and-chat session with reporters during the session. We'll bring highlights of the events (if there are any).

The Legislature also has a full slate of hearings today, including one on a bill to require parental notification of any woman under 18 seeking an abortion.  It's the first of two hearings this week in the Senate Labor and Justice Committee on an abortion-related bill. Friday morning the committee has a hearing scheduled on the Reproductive Parity Act, which would require insurance companies to cover abortion services in policies that also cover live births.

One might consider that an equal airing of the two sides of the abortion debate, except that the parental notification bill is the only one on the schedule for today's hearing, which starts at 1:30 p.m., while reproductive parity is one of four bills (boat safety, subpoenas for auditors' investigations, the number of judges in Benton and Franklin counties being the subjects of the others) on tap for the 8 a.m. hearing Friday. 

A full schedule of today's hearings can be found inside the blog. 

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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