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Cleveland: Levy cliff bill ‘removes a monstrous cloud’ over schools

Cleveland: Levy cliff bill ‘removes a monstrous cloud’ over schools

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, issued this statement today following the Senate’s passage of legislation to postpone the so-called levy cliff that would have resulted in massive budget cuts to K-12 schools across the state. “The passage of this legislation should provide long-sought and much-needed relief and reassurance to K-12 schools throughout our district and across our state. I know how much ...

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Senate passes Cleveland bill to jumpstart effort on new I-5 bridge

Senate passes Cleveland bill to jumpstart effort on new I-5 bridge

The development of a new replacement I-5 bridge spanning the Columbia River moved a step closer to reality today with the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 5806, sponsored by Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver. “The most significant north-south interstate freight corridor on the West Coast is hobbled by a dilapidated, outmoded drawbridge that was not built to withstand a major earthquake,” ...

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Cleveland: Politics have no place in women's reproductive rights

Cleveland: Politics have no place in women's reproductive rights

Employers would be prohibited from discriminating against women seeking full health care, under legislation introduced by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, and 17 other senators. The Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee will hold a hearing on the bill today. “The Hobby Lobby decision allowing privately-held employers to discriminate against women by restricting ...

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Cleveland: Budget penalizes health care innovation in southwest Washington

Cleveland: Budget penalizes health care innovation in southwest Washington

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, released the following statement today after voting against the operating budget passed by the Legislature. “I recognize the challenges and difficulties in reaching agreement on a supplemental budget for our state. While I wish the final budget was one I could support, unfortunately there were flaws too detrimental to ignore, including one that impedes southwestern Washington ...

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Resolution honors Clark County's John McKibbin

Resolution honors Clark County's John McKibbin

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, offered these comments today when the Senate honored former state legislator and career public servant John McKibbin with Senate Resolution 8740.

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Cleveland bill to assess rising cost of prescription drugs heads to governor’s desk

Cleveland bill to assess rising cost of prescription drugs heads to governor’s desk

The state Department of Health will convene a group of stakeholders to examine ways to contain prescription drug costs, as a result of legislation that passed the House today on a 78-19 vote. SB 6569, sponsored by Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, will bring together patient groups, hospitals, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, the Health Care Authority, unions, businesses, ...

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Senate passes Cleveland bill to focus on rising cost of prescription drugs

Senate passes Cleveland bill to focus on rising cost of prescription drugs

The state Department of Health would convene a group of stakeholders to examine ways to contain prescription drug costs, under legislation that passed the Senate unanimously today. SB 6569, sponsored by Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, would bring together patient groups, hospitals, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, the Health Care Authority, unions, businesses, biotechnology representatives and others to evaluate ...

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Package of bills targets community needs

Package of bills targets community needs

Seniors, students, housing costs, drug prices and economic fairness round out the 2016 legislative priorities of Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver. “Washington households face difficult challenges that are getting steadily worse, something I’m hearing more each day from my constituents,” Cleveland said. “Addressing these challenges for those who are struggling is my overriding goal this session.” One of Cleveland’s priorities is to expand ...

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Cleveland: Let’s ensure equal pay opportunities for all

Cleveland: Let’s ensure equal pay opportunities for all

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, today released the following statement to honor the sixth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration act and the continuing battle to ensure that women earn the same pay as men for the same work. “I join people across our state and across our nation in honoring the struggle and victory of Lilly Ledbetter by continuing ...

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Cleveland: Vulnerable seniors, fair pay and housing require action

Cleveland: Vulnerable seniors, fair pay and housing require action

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, released this statement today following Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State address: “I am encouraged and excited to see Gov. Inslee call for improvements in public education, treatment for the mentally ill, and wages for working families. I share those priorities as well as the desire to help bring them to fruition. “At the same time, I ...

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