Keiser: “I heard your concerns, we are not moving forward”
“Thank you to everyone from across the state who have reached out to us in Olympia. I heard from hundreds of hairdressers who feared Senate Bill 5326 was a threat to their chosen profession. I want to be clear that it was never my intent to cause stress and anxiety to salon workers, much less jeopardize their livelihood. This entire process was an example of how democracy works best.
“As a legislator, it is my responsibility to listen when people tell me something is wrong and to thoughtfully make sure any legislative proposal achieves its intended goals without causing unintended consequences.
“Thanks to your outreach, it was made clear that this bill fell short of those requirements. I will still work hard to promote fair employment practices and will be focusing my time on legislation regarding non-compete clauses, legislation that hairstylists raised in our public hearing as a priority for them.
“That legislation, Senate Bill 5478, would limit non-compete contracts for both employees and independent contractors.
“I look forward to receiving input on SB 5478 and encourage people to continue engaging in the democratic process.”
For information: Bre Weider, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7326