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State Democrats: GOP’s failure to repeal/replace ACA offers hope for many Washingtonians

State Democrats: GOP’s failure to repeal/replace ACA offers hope for many Washingtonians

The inability of congressional Republicans to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is good news for Washingtonians, Democratic state lawmakers said today. The scheduled vote on the federal legislation stalled for a lack of support Thursday from moderate Republicans who feel the proposed GOP alternative is too harsh and from conservative Republicans who feel ...

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Cleveland amendment would apply equal pay rules to state contractors

Cleveland amendment would apply equal pay rules to state contractors

State contractors employed by numerous state agencies would have to observe the requirements of the Senate’s proposed Equal Pay Opportunity Act as a result of an amendment adopted into the Senate’s proposed operating budget late Thursday. “Pay inequity has economic consequences that extend far beyond gender,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver and the author of the amendment. “When a company discriminates ...

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Cleveland: The only path forward is across a new I-5 bridge

Cleveland: The only path forward is across a new I-5 bridge

The Vancouver Business Journal today published an op-ed in which I make the case for a new bistate bridge connecting Vancouver to Portland. You can read the op-ed here.

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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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