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 By Zoey Palmer, Reporter Wnpa Olympia News Bureau    News    March 1, 2013

Firearms issues gain House attention; Senate ignores a host of related bills

Four firearms-related bills are expected to continue moving through the House of Representatives this session after receiving committee confirmation before the policy-bill cut-off date last week (Feb. 22). A host of Senate bills were introduced, but...

 By Zoey Palmer    News    February 25, 2013

Reproductive Parity Act wins House approval; Senate consideration next

The Reproductive Parity Act, a controversial bill that would require insurance plans that cover live births to also cover abortions, was passed by the state House of Representatives Friday morning after heated debate from both sides of the issue....

 By Zoey Palmer    News    February 19, 2013

House bill adds funding, expands coverage for working families

Paid medical leave for new parents may remain an unfulfilled goal if a bill in the state Senate becomes law. Senate Bill 5159, sponsored by Sen. John Braun (R-20th District, Chehalis), would repeal Washington’s Family and Medical Leave...

 By Zoey Palmer    News    January 29, 2013

House, Senate bills ignite debate on health insurance abortion requirement

Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens is the primary sponsor of the Senate’s Reproduction Parity Act. Two bills introduced early in this legislative session would require any health-insurance plan...

 By Zoey Palmer    News    January 15, 2013

Governor-elect Inslee lays out key focus issues

Washington Governor-elect Jay Inslee addressed issues of job creation, the state budget, education funding and gun control as he outlined his policy goals for his first term, appearing at an Associated Press briefing session at the state capital...