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Tag: Steve Hobbs

April
6th

Key Democrats voted for Senate budget to avoid gridlock, set up House negotiation on revenue

In the end, 30 lawmakers in the divided Washington state Senate agreed on a budget Friday night that sent many messages and served one purpose above all others.

It got the Senate out of possible gridlock – even while some Republicans had qualms about the state’s growing reliance on federal health-care money to serve the poor and most Democrats voting in favor had criticisms about cutting aid to the poor, too.

“This is the new way of doing things,’’ Sen. Andy Hill, the Redmond Republican and leading budget author whose floor speech touched on the two-party effort to write the

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April
1st

UPDATE – Sen. Hobbs: majority of 25 members sign letter backing “Reproductive Parity’ bill, but it appears to die in committee

Democratic Sen. Steve Hobbs told a Senate hearing this morning he has the signatures of at least 25 Senate members willing to vote in favor of a bill requiring insurers to cover abortion, if they also cover maternity. His letter is here. But it looks like having the votes for House Bill 1044 will not matter.

First, Senate Health Care Committee chair Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, abruptly adjourned this morning’s hearing just after noon – before Democratic Sen. Karen Keiser could move to bring House Bill 1044 to a committee vote. Wednesday is the deadline for the

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Feb.
15th

UPDATE – Bill guaranteeing abortion coverage in health insurance plans looks doomed in state Senate

One way or another, a bill requiring health insurance policies to include abortion coverage if they also cover maternity will get heard in the Senate Health Care Committee. It just won’t happen before next week’s Feb. 22 deadline for passing bills out of committee, Republican Sen. Randi Becker of Eatonville says.

Becker, who chairs the Senate committee, said she will hear the House version of the so-called Reproductive Parity Act once the House approves it in a floor vote and it is sent over to the Senate.

Becker said in an interview late Friday that she and Rep. Eileen Cody,

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Feb.
4th

Battle is joined: Senate Majority Coalition passes three controversial bills to reform the workers comp system (again)

A Republican-dominated coalition in the Senate approved the Legislature’s first substantial bills of the year Monday, sending three measures to the House that would once again change the system that protects injured workers. A near-party line vote approved two measures, but a third bill drew five members of the minority Democratic Caucus to its side.

Labor groups are keenly opposed to all three bills –Senate Bill 5128, which opens cash settlements of disability claims for workers of any age; 5127, which expands structured settlements of claims to workers as young as 40, down from

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