Category Archives: News Release

23 Feb
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Senate passes nation-leading Keiser bill to protect frontline workers during pandemic

OLYMPIA — Frontline workers who are infected with COVID-19 would receive medical coverage and partial wage replacement for lost work hours under the Health Emergency Labor Standards Act (HELSA), passed today by the Senate on a vote of 48-1. “HELSA ...

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01 Feb
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Keiser: Data theft shows stronger protection measures needed

OLYMPIA — After the State Auditor’s Office announced that sensitive information about 1.6 million unemployment insurance claimants had been stolen from a private-sector, third-party contractor in a data breach, Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), released this statement: “I am shocked ...

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29 Jan
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Keiser: Unemployment insurance bill a legislative ‘home run’

OLYMPIA — After SB 5061 passed the House today on a vote of 89-8, reflecting the similarly overwhelming bipartisan margin by which it passed the Senate on Wednesday, Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the bill’s sponsor, released this statement: “Tonight, ...

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27 Jan
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Senate passes $1.7 billion in unemployment insurance tax relief

All businesses in Washington would see significant relief from unemployment taxes, including reductions in bills due in April, if SB 5061 is passed by the Legislature by mid-February. The bill, which passed on the Senate floor today with an overwhelming ...

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17 Dec
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Sen. Keiser: We plan not just to do better next time, but to do better now

DES MOINES — Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), chair of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee, released the following statement today after Gov. Jay Inslee released his proposed 2021 COVID response proposal: “In a crisis like this awful pandemic, we have ...

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20 Nov
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Sen. Keiser signs bipartisan letter in support of federal assistance for workers, businesses

Businesses and workers are hurting right now, and we need federal assistance to get them the help they need. Legislative leaders from both chambers co-signed a bipartisan letter that lays out detailed requests for unemployment insurance provisions and funding that ...

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14 Oct
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Keiser is ready to preside

DES MOINES — Today Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the President Pro Tempore of the Washington State Senate, released the following statement in response to news reports that the Lieutenant Governor is attending seminary in California: “The Washington State Senate ...

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13 Oct
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Keiser applauds Paid Family and Medical Leave program for avoiding premium increases and covering more families than expected.

DES MOINES — Upon the publication of the 2021 premium rate for the Paid Family and Medical Leave program, which will stay the same as the 2020 rate, Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines) released the following statement: “With the Paid ...

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25 Jun
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Keiser applauds financial support measure for furloughed workers, employers

From the Kent Reporter State Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, announced her support of Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation to strengthen and extend the state Employment Security Department’s SharedWork program for small businesses, nonprofits and local governments. SharedWork is a voluntary ...

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22 Jun
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Keiser applauds measure to strengthen financial support for furloughed workers and employers

Upon the announcement of proclamation 20-58 by Governor Inslee, Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines) released the following statement: The governor’s action today to strengthen our state’s SharedWork program will remove barriers to partial employment for many workers who have been ...

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