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Cleveland: Quartet of bills will help women live healthier lives

Cleveland: Quartet of bills will help women live healthier lives

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver and the chair of the committee, released this statement today to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision: “A year ago, I traveled across the country to join my daughter in attending the historic Women’s March on Washington, D.C. Last night I attended an event in Vancouver honoring the anniversary ...

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Cleveland welcomes global perspective in Thursday health hearing

Cleveland welcomes global perspective in Thursday health hearing

Dr. Nata Menabde, the executive director of the World Health Organization of the United Nations, will testify Thursday before the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee on the goal of achieving worldwide sustainable healthcare and how it applies to Washington state. “It is extremely rare that a state legislature has the opportunity to hear testimony from someone with the expertise and stature ...

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Area legislators welcome WSDOT inventory of bridge intel

Area legislators welcome WSDOT inventory of bridge intel

Efforts to replace the outmoded I-5 bridge spanning the Columbia River took a key step forward this week when the state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) released a comprehensive inventory of bridge data. WSDOT was directed to conduct an inventory of existing data from previous efforts to replace the bridge as part of Senate Bill 5806, which establishes a process for ...

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Cleveland to lead Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee as chair

Cleveland to lead Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee as chair

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, will chair the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee when the Legislature convenes in January for the 2018 legislative session. Having been the ranking member on the committee when Democrats were in the minority, the move to chair will put Cleveland in charge of the committee. Democrats are now the majority party in the Senate after ...

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Cleveland: Budget deals good for students, bad for Vancouver taxpayers

Cleveland: Budget deals good for students, bad for Vancouver taxpayers

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, issued this statement after the Legislature approved a 2017-18 operating budget hours before state government would have had to shut down statewide. “The citizens of this state have been waiting years for the Legislature to solve our education funding crisis. I worry every day about the kind of future we are creating for our children and grandchildren, ...

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Cleveland, Cody say Democrats will fight to protect people’s health care

Cleveland, Cody say Democrats will fight to protect people’s health care

Key lawmakers say Democrats in the state Capitol will do everything in their power to provide Washingtonians continued access to affordable health care if the U.S. Senate should advance the bill that was passed today by the U.S. House to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the GOP’s American Health Care Act (AHCA). State Sen. Annette Cleveland, the ...

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Legislature passes bill to reimburse for 12-month birth control refills

Legislature passes bill to reimburse for 12-month birth control refills

Insurance carriers will be required to reimburse refills for birth control for 12 months at a time instead of monthly under legislation passed today by the Senate. Having already passed the House, the bill now goes to the governor to be signed into law. Currently insurance providers do not have a uniform rate at which they dispense birth control. House ...

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SW WA delegation bill to start effort on new I-5 bridge passes House

SW WA delegation bill to start effort on new I-5 bridge passes House

Legislation establishing a process to open discussion on a replacement Interstate-5 bridge spanning the Columbia River is one step closer to being sent to Gov. Jay Inslee following its passage today in the House of Representatives on a 59-37 vote. The bill had previously passed the Senate on a 45-4 vote, but since a few technical aspects were amended by ...

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Bill to raise awareness of options for breast cancer patients passes full Legislature

Bill to raise awareness of options for breast cancer patients passes full Legislature

The public will be better informed of the availability of insurance coverage for breast reconstruction and prosthesis, under legislation passed 97-0 today by the House of Representatives. As Senate Bill 5481 had already passed unanimously in the Senate, it now goes to the governor to be signed into law. “Given the choice, nearly 60 percent of breast cancer survivors opt ...

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Cleveland bill to ease medical faculty recruitment heads to governor

Cleveland bill to ease medical faculty recruitment heads to governor

The Elson Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University and any other medical school in Washington state will be better able to recruit physicians to serve on their faculties, as a result of legislation passed today by the House on a 91-6 vote. Having already passed the Senate unanimously, the bill now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee to be ...

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