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Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier to host virtual town hall Wednesday night

Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier to host virtual town hall Wednesday night

Sen. Annette Cleveland, Rep. Sharon Wylie and Rep. Monica Stonier will host a virtual town hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the events of the 2021 legislative session and answer questions from constituents. The town hall for the three Vancouver Democrats may be viewed live on Facebook and on YouTube. Constituents may submit questions in advance at Read More

Cleveland bill will speed responses during statewide emergencies

Cleveland bill will speed responses during statewide emergencies

Certain health care laws will be automatically waived or suspended during a future statewide state of emergency, under legislation that was signed into law today. “When a pandemic hits, it’s important for our state to be able to move swiftly and surely to protect the public,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), the bill’s sponsor. “While the governor can waive statutes, this ...

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Cleveland: Cap gains tax an investment in households, childcare

Cleveland: Cap gains tax an investment in households, childcare

Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), released this statement following Sunday’s passage of Senate Bill 5096 to establish a capital gains tax on profits in excess of $250,000 on a single transaction in the state of Washington. “I have always strongly believed we must address our state’s unfair tax system, which is known to be the most regressive in the entire country. ...

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Cleveland presses DOH for more equitable distribution of vaccines

Cleveland presses DOH for more equitable distribution of vaccines

Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) is calling for the state Department of Health (DOH) to provide coronavirus vaccinations more equitably to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), particularly among essential food workers in Southwest Washington. In a letter to Secretary of Health Umair Shah, Cleveland said the state needs to adjust its delivery model to provide vaccinations to essential workers among ...

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Senate passes Cleveland bill to eliminate unnecessary permits

Senate passes Cleveland bill to eliminate unnecessary permits

OLYMPIA — Legislation passed late Monday by the Senate would eliminate excess red tape for federal dredging projects in the vicinity of the Vancouver and Portland ports. “These local shoreline development permits serve no purpose but to create confusion between our ports and the Army Corps of Engineers,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), the bill’s sponsor. “The permits are unnecessary to ...

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Senate unanimously passes bills to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

Senate unanimously passes bills to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

OLYMPIA – Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault will gain crucial protections and supports, and abusers will be held more accountable, if four bills passed unanimously by the Senate become law. SB 5180, passed today, would make it easier for survivors to wipe off their record sentences they received for offenses that were the result of being a victim ...

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Cleveland bills fast-track pandemic response on multiple fronts

Cleveland bills fast-track pandemic response on multiple fronts

Health care providers and state officials would be able to respond more quickly and effectively during a pandemic, pending full legislative passage of four bills passed today by the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee. “Swift action by public and private entities across our state helped us address the pandemic better than most states, but we can improve on that ...

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Cleveland joins Housing Committee to address fundamental needs

Cleveland joins Housing Committee to address fundamental needs

When the 2021 legislative session begins on Jan. 11, Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) will gain a seat on the Senate Housing & Local Government Committee. “When it comes to people’s most fundamental needs, I have always prioritized health, housing, employment and education,” Cleveland said. “I have served on the health care committee since my election the Senate in 2013, and have ...

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House passes Cleveland bill to align good-faith child abuse reporting

House passes Cleveland bill to align good-faith child abuse reporting

Legislation passed unanimously today by the House will align state laws with federal laws governing the reporting of child abuse, ensuring consistency and extending the state’s eligibility for millions of dollars in federal aid. “If someone believes a child is being abused, we want them to report it — not keep quiet for fear of penalty for a mistaken report,” said ...

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Senate passes Cleveland resolution, funds for coronavirus response

Senate passes Cleveland resolution, funds for coronavirus response

OLYMPIA — As more cases of coronavirus are being confirmed in Washington state, including the nation’s first known fatalities, the state Senate is passing directives and funding for a full response from public health organizations. “This is the news we haven’t wanted to hear but had to prepare for,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), chair of the Senate Health Committee. “The ...

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