Category Archives: News Release

02 Apr
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Keiser bill would provide additional $500 million in tax relief to businesses

OLYMPIA — The businesses hit hardest by the pandemic would see $500 million in state assistance for their unemployment insurance (UI) premium taxes in 2022, under a bill introduced by Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines) and passed out of the ...

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18 Mar
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Keiser, Orwall, Gregerson to hold virtual town hall March 24

Please join your lawmakers from the 33rd District for a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. This is their chance to hear from you as well as update you on their work in Olympia on your behalf. ...

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09 Mar
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Senate passes 40-hour work week for agricultural workers

OLYMPIA — Washington would be the first state in the nation to bring the 40-hour work week to agricultural workers, some of the nation’s lowest-paid workers, under a bill passed by the Senate today. Farmworkers were exempted from the original ...

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05 Mar
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Senate passes Keiser bill to improve developmental disability options

OLYMPIA — Washingtonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities would have better options for community residential settings, under a bill passed unanimously today by the Senate. “This bill is the product of intensive negotiations by all parties over more than three ...

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03 Mar
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Keiser to hold oversight hearing on data breach

The Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee has scheduled an oversight hearing at which representatives of the State Auditor’s Office and the Employment Security Department will present and answer questions.   WHAT: Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Work Session   WHEN: 8-10 a.m. Thursday, March ...

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28 Feb
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Senate passes Keiser’s Living Donor Act

OLYMPIA — The 86,000 patients in Washington with kidney disease would have a greater hope of someday receiving a transplant—the only lifesaving treatment—under a bill passed unanimously by the Senate late Friday. “When organ donors are considering giving the gift ...

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26 Feb
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Senate passes Keiser bill to address health disparities in communities of color

OLYMPIA — Communities in Washington would have access to an innovative new approach to local public health improvements under a bill passed by a bipartisan majority of the Senate this afternoon. SB 5052 would establish a Health Equity Zones program ...

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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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