This past week in Olympia was the beginning of the 2013 Legislative Session with Christine Gregoire introducing her final budget and her final address to the Legislature. Governor Inslee was sworn into office as well as all of the newly elected and re-elected legislators, statewide electeds, and Supreme Court Justices. The House of Representatives continues with the majority party and leadership by the Democrats. The Senate adopted new rules and reorganized itself. The “Majority Coalition Caucus” made up of the Republicans and two Democrats appointed the chairs of the Senate Committees. As the session has just begun there are not a large number of bills yet that have been introduced there are not many bills on this week’s alert list.

Top Action of the Week: Support the Reproductive Parity Act and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade!

If you can only do one thing, contact your legislators and tell them to protect the freedom and privacy of women in Washington State to make the decision on whether or not to become a parent themselves by supporting HB 1044 and SB 5099. Help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade by calling the hotline on Tuesday, January 22nd with this message.

You can contact your legislators by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1 800-562-6000

Reproductive Parity Act

HB 1044 and SB 5009 – the Reproductive Parity Act
SUPPORT
HB 1044 is sponsored by Representative Eileen Cody and is in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

SB 5009 is sponsored by Senator Steve Hobbs and is in the Senate Health Care Committee

Action: Contact your members of the legislature and tell them to protect the freedom and privacy of women in Washington State to make the decision on whether or not to become a parent themselves by supporting HB 1044 and SB 5099. The voters of Washington State have upheld this right numerous times!

Both bills would ensure that women in WA State continue to have access to abortion coverage in the health insurance plans, as our state implements the Affordable Care Act.

Parental Notification
SB 5145 Abortion Notification
OPPOSE

This bill would require parental notification prior to a minor being able to receive an abortion. Sponsor: Sen. Don Benton. It has been referred to Senate Health Care Committee. Position:

Action: Contact your members of the Senate and let them know that it is unacceptable to endanger the health and safety of a young woman to have access to this critical service, since we can never know the circumstances of her life.

M2mbers of the Senate Health Care Committee are:
Randi Becker (Chair), Bruce Dammeier (Vice Chair), Karen Keiser, Barbara Bailey, Annette Cleveland, Doug Ericksen, David Frockt, and Linda Evans Parlette

Members of the House Health and Wellness Committee are:
Eileen Cody (Chair), Laurie Jinkins (Vice Chair), Joe Schmick, Mike Hope, Jan Angel, Judy Clibborn, Tami Green, Paul Harris, Matt Manweller, Jim Moeller, Dawn Morrell, Marcus Riccelli, Jay Rodne, Charles Ross, Shelly Short, Steve Tharanger, and Kevin Van De Wege

Hint: You can view bills by going to the following website and plug in the bill number for which you want to view the history and status: http://dlr.leg.wa.gov/billsummary/