Abortion rights bill goes ahead; tax measure doesn’t

  • By Jerry Cornfield
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014 2:59pm
  • Local News

There were lots of speeches but no surprises today as House Democrats passed an abortion rights measure while Senate Republicans failed to push through a proposed constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds majority vote by lawmakers to raise taxes.

On a 54-44 vote, the House approved the bill known as the Reproductive Parity Act which would require health insurers to provide abortion coverage if they already cover maternity services. It will now be sent to the Senate where it is expected to languish. Majority Coalition Caucus leaders said today they’re not planning on taking it up on the floor.

The House passed the same bill last year. It did receive a hearing in the Senate Health Care Committee but did not advance out of the committee.

Meanwhile, in the Senate today they debated the proposed constitutional amendment that would put into law what voters have endorsed several times, including last year with the passage of Initiative 1185.

The proposal received a favorable 25-21 vote but it needed a two-thirds majority, or 33 votes, to pass. Had the measure garnered enough support it would have gone to the House where it would not have received a hearing.

More in Local News

Snohomish mayoral candidates have very little in common

Karen Guzak and John Kartak are vying for the new position.

Second teen charged after $1 million in school vandalism

Two teens now face felony charges for damage at two schools in Darrington last summer.

Charged in stabbing, his long list of felonies could grow

The Arlington man is accused of attacking a man who interrupted a possible burglary in Everett.

A potentially transformative council election in Snohomish

As the city adopts a new form of government, many new faces are seeking office.

Mill Creek hires Gina Hortillosa as public works director

Hortillosa will be responsible for creating strategic infrastructure plans to promote economic growth.

1 shot dead, another wounded in apparent Everett robbery

There are indications the victims might have known the shooter, who apparently fled in a vehicle.

Man arrested in Monroe Walmart robbery; second suspect flees

The pair fled in a stolen Mitsubishi Lancer with a distinctive green spray paint job.

Fugitive surrenders after missing for more than a year

A former Darrington man who absconded after serving time in… Continue reading

Most Read