On Tuesday, as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee she presided over one of the most hotly contested issues in Olympia – the gun initiatives. Tuesday’s hearing drew hundreds of supporters for the dueling initiatives – I-594, requiring universal background checks and I-591, outlawing universal background checks. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly also came to speak in favor of universal background checks.
Another big issue this session is the Reproductive Parity Act (RPA), HB 1044. The RPA will requires that all insurance companies who provide maternity care provide a complete set of family planning options as well, including abortion. Before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act all insurance companies in Washington state covered abortion. Now, some are not.