Morning update: Session Day 24

Staff reportsFebruary 5, 2014 

Today is day 24 of the 60-day legislative session.

The state House may hold a floor vote this morning on legislation that would require insurance plans covering maternity care to also cover abortion. House Bill 2148, sometimes known as the Reproductive Parity Act, has drawn fire from conservatives and pro-life activists, but is a top priority for Democrats in the House and Senate. The House is scheduled to convene at 10 a.m.

There also is a great deal of activity in legislative committees today as lawmakers try to squeeze in last-minute hearings and votes before Friday's deadline for bills to pass out of policy committees.

House Bill 2561, a proposal that would require mail ballots to arrive at county election offices by 8 p.m. on Election Day, will have a hearing in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee. Introduced by Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, the legislation will be discussed at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.

Legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, would prevent the sale and distribution of children’s products and upholstered furniture with certain flame retardants. Senate Bill 5984 will be heard in the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John L. O’Brien Building.

A proposal that would allow seizure of certain property belonging to offenders who patronized prostitutes will have a hearing at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Law and Justice Committee. Introduced by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, Senate Bill 6434 will be heard in Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.

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