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Cleveland: Bill to prohibit ‘panic defense’ overdue, honors Nikki

Cleveland: Bill to prohibit ‘panic defense’ overdue, honors Nikki

Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) released this statement today following Senate passage of House Bill 1687, a measure that prohibits defendants from using a victim’s gender identity or sexual orientation to justify violent assaults—a justification sometimes known as the “panic defense.” Because the bill had earlier passed the House, it can now be signed into law by the governor. “This bill ...

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Senate passes Cleveland bill to boost safety for in-home caregivers

Senate passes Cleveland bill to boost safety for in-home caregivers

Legislation passed today by the Senate would direct state agencies to work with in-home care providers to develop protocols to protect long-term caregivers from harassment, abuse and discrimination. “Sadly, it took the tragic shootings of a caregiver and a patient and a resident last year to bring attention to this need, but the truth is that caregivers have been facing harassment ...

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Senate passes Cleveland bill to improve reporting of child abuse

Senate passes Cleveland bill to improve reporting of child abuse

Legislation passed today by the Senate would provide a web-based system to improve the reporting of, and response to, cases of child abuse and neglect. “This will correct a breakdown in our system for reporting child abuse,” Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) said. “While the state has a system in place to make sure these incidents are reported, backed-up phone lines during ...

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Cleveland bill would create web-based option for child-abuse reports

Cleveland bill would create web-based option for child-abuse reports

The state would provide a web-based system to improve the reporting of, and response to, cases of child abuse and neglect, under legislation passed today by the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee. “With the state’s current limited resources, callers have been left on hold for up to an hour at a time, with alarming frequency,” Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) ...

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Legislators look to move forward on I-5 bridge through bistate effort

Legislators look to move forward on I-5 bridge through bistate effort

Sixteen Washington and Oregon state legislators will meet Friday in Vancouver to begin a bistate effort to build a new I-5 bridge. This marks the first formal meeting of the full committee. The committee met informally last December, with Oregon members joining as guests prior to official endorsement of members by Oregon legislative leaders. “Legislators in Southwest Washington have been working to ...

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Cleveland: Oregon commitments add momentum to new bridge effort

Cleveland: Oregon commitments add momentum to new bridge effort

Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) released this statement today following Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek’s announcement of a $5 million allocation from Oregon toward the re-opening of a project office for a new I-5 bridge and the appointment of Oregon lawmakers to the I-5 Bridge Replacement Bi-State Legislative Action Committee.

“Whether you’re a Washington resident or ...

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Cleveland’s comprehensive opioid legislation signed into law

Cleveland’s comprehensive opioid legislation signed into law

Comprehensive legislation signed into law today by Gov. Inslee will take action on society’s growing opioid crisis on multiple fronts.

“A public health threat as pervasive as the opioid crisis requires a wide range of solutions,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), the sponsor of Senate Bill 5380. “This legislation addresses everything from prevention and education to treatment and ...

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Legislature commits $35 million for new I-5 bridge

Legislature commits $35 million for new I-5 bridge

The two-year transportation budget passed today by the Legislature provides $35 million toward a new I-5 bridge.

“Today everyone who has been waiting and working for the replacement of our outdated bridge has 35 million reasons to celebrate,” Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) said. “We have made steady progress, step by step, over the past months and years toward this important goal, ...

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Cleveland: Nursing rest break bill should be corrected in public

Cleveland: Nursing rest break bill should be corrected in public

Nurses and the public at large deserve to be able to observe the Legislature’s deliberations in correcting problems with legislation to ensure adequate, consistent work breaks for nurses, Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) said today.

Having passed out of the House on March 6, House Bill 1155 was amended on the Senate floor on April 16 and then passed by ...

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Cleveland law will improve investigations of child sex abuse cases

Cleveland law will improve investigations of child sex abuse cases

Investigations of sexual abuse of children will soon be conducted more quickly, accurately and thoroughly, thanks to legislation signed into law Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The genesis of Senate Bill 5461, sponsored by Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), originated in Clark County with the goal of better protecting children and holding their abusers accountable.

“The sexual abuse ...

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