I just received this email update from Rep. Joe Schmick, the Colfax Republican representing the 9th District in the Washington House of Representatives. He is the ranking Republican on the House Health Care & Wellness Committee, where HB 1366 had its beginnings; Schmick has opposed it from the start:
I wanted to give you a quick update on HB 1366, the pregnancy resource center's bill. I am very pleased that with the overwhelming objection of folks from the 9th district and around the state, the measure died. It was not brought up for a vote by the mandatory cutoff date and time of 5:00 p.m. this evening. Because there was not a Senate bill that was a companion that passed this session, the issue is dead for this session.
I appreciate your diligence on contacting me and other legislators in opposition to this bill. I am pleased we were able to show that the pregnancy resource centers offer vital and necessary services; cost nothing to the tax payer and should remain a viable option as a resource for women in the state of Washington.
I appreciate your efforts and support in fighting this legislation.
I'll follow up tomorrow to get more details; but in the meantime, thanks to all of you who took the time to voice your opinions, to pray, to get educated about this issue. You made a difference!
To read more right now, go to:
Politics Northwest/The Seattle Times
World News (coverage of this and other related stories)