Good morning. Today is Saturday, the 48th day of the 105-day session.
Rep. Eric Pettigrew introduced House Bill 2003, which would allow a faith-based organization or other charity to pay health insurance premiums for children who are not eligible for coverage under the federal children’s health insurance program.
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The Senate passed Senate Bill 5671, which would require emergency personnel to report to the police when they are called to the aid of someone who dies from a drug overdose. It also would require hospitals to report deaths from drug overdoses and to tell police when they treat someone with a blunt-object injury.
The House passed House Bill 1181, which would set up a Washington State Board of Naturopathy. The board would oversee licensing and training requirements for naturopathy in the state and would be funded by licensing fees.
The House also passed House Bill 1432, which would allow private employers to establish employment preferences for veterans, their spouses and their widows or widowers.
The House is set to hold a floor session at 9 a.m. Bills on the House calendar that could get a vote include House Bill 1003, which would establish efficiency standards for DVD and CD players; House Bill 1079, which would require all counties to vote by mail; and House Bill 1172, which would allow beer and wine tasting at farmers markets.