|ABORTION INSURANCE MANDATE
SB 5574 & HB 1647
House Bill 1647 – Concerning health plan coverage of reproductive health care.
Senate Bill 5574 – Companion Bill
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.
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.
ACTION: SHOW UP
|RIGHTS TO RELIGIOUS OBJECTORS
SB 5552 & HB 1968
Senate Bill 5552 – Accommodating the civil rights of religious objectors to mandatory payments to labor organizations.
House Bill 1968 – Companion Bill
SUMMARY: Accommodating the civil rights of religious objectors to mandatory payments to labor organizations. Read the companion bill.
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.
SB 5175 & HB 1403
Senate Bill 5175 – Regarding Telemedicine.
House Bill 1403 – Companion Bill
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.
SB 5175: 2/6/15, passed to Senate Rules for Second Reading (?).
HB 1403: 2/5/15, referred to House Rules Committee.
|INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN
Senate Bill 5215 – Establishing the Washington Internet crimes against children account.
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.
|SEXUAL ORIENTATION CHANGE EFFORT
HB 1972 and SB 5870
House Bill 1972 – Restricting the practice of sexual orientation change efforts.
Senate Bill 5870 – Prohibiting the use of aversion therapy in the treatment of minors.
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.
HB 1972 – 2/4/15 – Referred to House Health Care & Wellness Committee.
SB 5870 – 2/6/15 – Referred to Senate Committee on Heath Care.
|PARENTAL NOTIFICATION FOR ABORTIONS
SB 5289 & HB 1493
Senate Bill 5289 – Requiring notification to parents or guardians in cases of abortion.
House Bill 1493 – Establishing parental notification requirements for abortion.
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
House Bill 1502 – Companion Bill
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
Senate Bill 5747 – Prohibiting actions for wrongful life and wrongful birth, and expanding the beneficiaries in an action for wrongful death.
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
Senate Bill 5005 – Concerning Grandparent Visitation Rights.
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
House Bill 1687 – Declaring that the right to life begins at the moment the individual comes into being.
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.