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Legislative Session Begins, Health Committee Members Announced

The 2013 legislative session convened yesterday; the 105 day session is schedueld to end on April 28. Yesterday also marked the formal transition of power in the Senate from the Democrats to the Majority Coalition Caucus of two Democrats and 23 Republicans. Senator Rodney Tom will serve as the majority leader in the Senate. Democrats maintain a considerable margin in the House and Rep. Frank Chopp will remain the Speaker of the House.

The Health Committees in both chambers have had significant turnover since last year. The House Health Committee has nine new members (six new Republicans and three new Democrats). The Senate Health Committee has four new members (three Republicans and one Democrat) in addition to a new chair (Sen. Randi Becker). Here's the full committee lists for both committees:

Senate Health Committee:

Sen. Randi Becker (R-2), Chair
Sen. Karen Keiser (D-33), Ranking Minority Member
Sen. Barbara Bailey (R-10)
Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-49)
Sen. Bruce Dammeier (R-25)
Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-42)
Sen. David Frockt (D-46)
Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (R-12)

House Health Committee:

Rep. Eileen Cody (D-34), Chair
Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-29), Vice-Chair
Rep. Joe Schmick (R-9), Ranking Minority Member
Rep. Mike Hope (R-44), Assistant Ranking Member
Rep. Jan Angel (R-26)
Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-41)
Rep. Tami Green (D-28)
Rep. Paul Harris (R-17)
Rep. Matt Manweller (R-13)
Rep. Jim Moeller (D-49)
Rep. Dawn Morrell (D-25)
Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-3)
Rep. Jay Rodne (R-5)
Rep. Charles Ross (R-14)
Rep. Shelly Short (R-7)
Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-24)
Rep. Kevin Van De Wege (D-24)

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