ABORTION  INSURANCE  MANDATE
SB 5574 & HB 1647

House Bill 1647 – Concerning health plan coverage of reproductive health care.
Prime Sponsor: Representative Eileen Cody, 34th LD
House Committee: Health Care & Wellness

Senate Bill 5574 – Companion Bill
Prime Sponsor: Senator Steve Hobbs, 44th LD
Senate Committee: Health Care 

SUMMARY: It requires every insurance policy to cover every form of contraception, abortion, and sterilization and forbids the policy from charging a deductible or copay. Read the companion bill.

 

STATUS

SB 5574: 1/26/15, referred to Senate Health Care Committee on 1/26/15. No further movement, as of 2/9/15.

HB 1647: Scheduled for PUBLIC HEARING in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 8:00 AM,TOMORROW, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015.

TOMORROW
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Hearing is 8:00 AM.
Arrive by 7:00 AM.
John L. O’Brien Building
Hearing Room A

 

ACTION: SHOW UP

  1. Attend House Legislative Committee on Health Care & Wellness Public Hearing on HB 1647
  2. CALL  1 (800) 562-6000     Let ALL your legislators know what your thoughts are concerning HB 1647 and SB 5574 because these bills violate your right to conscience and threaten your religious freedoms.
  3. COMMENT ON THE BILL: HB 1647   Each bill page has a “Comment on the bill” link you can use to send comments to your legislators.
  4. WATCH THE HEARING LIVE ON TVW.ORG
RIGHTS  TO  RELIGIOUS  OBJECTORS
SB 5552 & HB 1968

Senate Bill 5552 – Accommodating the civil rights of religious objectors to mandatory payments to labor organizations.
Prime Sponsor: Senator Mike Padden, 4th LD
Senate Committee: Commerce & Labor, Rules  

House Bill 1968 – Companion Bill
Prime Sponsor: Representative Matt Shea, 4th LD 
House Committee: Labor

 

SUMMARY: Accommodating the civil rights of religious objectors to mandatory payments to labor organizations. Read the companion bill.

 

STATUS

SB 5552: 2/5/15, passed to Senate Rules Committee for Second Reading.

HB 1968: 2/4/15, First reading, referred to House Labor Committee.

ACTION:

  1. Call 1(800) 562-600   Let ALL your legislators know what your thoughts are concerning SB 5552 & HB 1968 because religious objectors should not be forced to join labor organizations that violate their values and conscience.
TELEMEDICINE  COVERAGE
SB 5175 & HB 1403

Senate Bill 5175 – Regarding Telemedicine.
Prime Sponsors: Senator Randi Becker, 2nd LD
Senate Committees: Health Care, Rules  

House Bill 1403 – Companion Bill
Prime Sponsor: Representative Steve Bergquist, 11th LD
House Committee: Health Care & Wellness, Rules

 

AMENDED* SUMMARY: Telemedicine is generally seen as an advance in health care because it makes it easier for people who live in rural areas to access health care.

*The language in SB 5175 and HB 1403 bills have been modified to not allow webcam chemical abortions. Read the companion bills.

 

STATUS

SB 5175: 2/6/15, passed to Senate Rules for Second Reading (?).
2/5/15, executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Health Care.

HB 1403: 2/5/15, referred to House Rules Committee.
2/3/15, executive action taken in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee.

 

ACTION:

  1. Call 1(800) 562-6000  Let ALL your legislators know what your thoughts are concerning HB 1403 & SB 5175, regarding telemedicine.
INTERNET  CRIMES  AGAINST  CHILDREN
SB 5215

Senate Bill 5215 – Establishing the Washington Internet crimes against children account. 
Prime Sponsor: Senator Pam Roach, 30th LD
Senate Committee: Senate Law & Justice

SUMMARY: Creates the Washington internet crimes against children account and requires expenditures from the account to be used exclusively by the Washington internet crimes against children task force and its affiliate agencies. Read the bill.

 

STATUS: 2/5/15 – Public hearing held in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice. No further movement, as of 2/9/15.

 

ACTION:

  1. Call 1(800) 562-6000  Let ALL your legislators know what your thoughts are concerning SB 5215.
SEXUAL  ORIENTATION  CHANGE  EFFORT
HB 1972 and SB 5870

House Bill 1972 – Restricting the practice of sexual orientation change efforts. 
Prime Sponsor: Representative Laurie Jinkins, 27th LD
House Committee: Health Care & Wellness

Senate Bill 5870 – Prohibiting the use of aversion therapy in the treatment of minors. 
Prime Sponsor: Senator Marko Liias, 21st LD 
Senate Committee: Health Care

 

SUMMARY: These bills would ban licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) for minors. Under these bills, minors can not receive help from the therapist, even if the minor and the parents of the minor agreed that they wanted it, and it was in the best interest of the minor to get the therapy. Read the bills: SB 5870 & HB 1972.

 

STATUS

HB 1972 – 2/4/15 – Referred to House Health Care & Wellness Committee.

SB 5870 – 2/6/15 – Referred to Senate Committee on Heath Care.

 

ACTION:

  1. Call 1(800) 562-600  Let ALL your legislators know what your thoughts are concerning HB 1972 & SB 5870, .
  2. Remain on standby and be prepared to take further action, including SHOWING UP on short notice in the event that a Senate or House hearing is scheduled for HB 1972 and/or SB 5870.
PARENTAL  NOTIFICATION  FOR  ABORTIONS
SB 5289 & HB 1493

Senate Bill 5289 – Requiring notification to parents or guardians in cases of abortion. 
Prime Sponsor: Senator Mike Padden, 4th LD
Senate Committee: Law & Justice

House Bill 1493 – Establishing parental notification requirements for abortion. 
Prime Sponsor: Representative Matt Shea, 4th LD
House Committee: Health Care & Wellness

 

SUMMARY: Protects minors against their own immaturity by also protecting the constitutional rights of parents to rear and make decisions for their children who are members of their household. Read the bills: SB 5289 & HB 1493.

CONSOLIDATED BILL STATUS: WATCHING

No further movement, as of 2/2/15

EMPLOYER  CONTRACEPTIVE  MANDATE
SB 5026 & HB 1502

Senate Bill 5026 – Employee Reproductive Choice Act
Prime Sponsor: Senator Jamie Pedersen, 43rd LD
Senate Committee: Law & Justice 

House Bill 1502 –  Companion Bill
Prime Sponsor: Representative Laurie Jenkins, 27th LD
House Committee: Judiciary

 SUMMARY: Would require employers in Washington State who the Supreme Court said could not be forced by the federal government to be forced to pay for contraceptives that violate their beliefs, to be forced by the Washington State government to pay for contraceptives that violate their beliefs. Read the companion bill.

PROHIBITS  ‘WRONGFUL  BIRTH’  AWARDS
SB 5747

Senate Bill 5747 – Prohibiting actions for wrongful life and wrongful birth, and expanding the beneficiaries in an action for wrongful death.
Prime Sponsor: Senator Mike Padden, 4th LD
Senate Committee: Senate Law & Justice

SUMMARY: Prohibits a person from maintaining a civil cause of action or from receiving an award of damages for wrongful life or wrongful birth based on the claim that, but for an act or omission of another person, the person would not or should not have been born. Expands the list of beneficiaries in wrongful death actions. Read the bill.

THIRD – PARTY  (GRANDPARENT)  VISITATION
SB 5005

Senate Bill 5005 – Concerning Grandparent Visitation Rights.
Prime Sponsor: Senator Jan Angel, 26th LD

Committee: Senate Law & Justice Committee

SUMMARY: This bill would allow grandparents to petition the courts for visitation of children against the will of a fit parent. Read the bill.

WASHINGTON  STATE  LIFE  AT CONCEPTION  ACT
HB 1687

House Bill 1687 – Declaring that the right to life begins at the moment the individual comes into being. 
Prime Sponsor: Representative Elizabeth Scott, 39th LD
House Committee: Health Care & Wellness

SUMMARY: This bill affirms the right to life, as recognized in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and Washington State, and is thereby vested in each human being beginning at the moment at which an individual comes into being. Read the bill.