OLYMPIA — A large bipartisan, bicameral group of Washington state legislators has signed a strong letter of protest urging the Biden administration to withdraw its challenge to the Washington state law strengthening workers’ compensation access for workers at the Hanford nuclear site. The 2018 law grants presumptive workers’ compensation coverage for sick workers who were exposed to toxic fumes and nuclear waste on the job at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. A court challenge brought under the previous administration failed in the federal district court and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Biden administration recently requested the U.S. Supreme Court overturn that ruling and strike down the law. That request elicited an unusually strong and unified reaction from the Washington ...Read More
About Sen. Keiser
President Pro Tempore; Chair of Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee
Sen. Karen Keiser represents Washington state’s 33rd Legislative District, which includes a number of suburbs south of Seattle, including SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines and Burien. During her tenure as an elected official, she has held several leadership positions in the Washington State Legislature. Those positions include chairing the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee and serving as lead Senate Democratic negotiator on the Capital Budget. She currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Washington State Senate, presiding over the chamber when the lieutenant governor is unavailable.
Read Sen. Keiser’s full biography here.