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Bipartisan group of WA senators to Biden: Don’t abandon Hanford workers

Bipartisan group of WA senators to Biden: Don’t abandon Hanford workers

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 ...

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Keiser: Sick Hanford workers more important than jurisdictional spat

Keiser: Sick Hanford workers more important than jurisdictional spat

OLYMPIA — Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), chair of the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee, released this statement after the announcement that the Biden administration will continue a Trump administration challenge to the Washington state law strengthening workers’ compensation access for workers at the Hanford nuclear site:

“I am both angry and sad at the Biden Administration’s appeal to ...

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Keiser, Orwall, Gregerson to hold virtual town hall June 24

Keiser, Orwall, Gregerson to hold virtual town hall June 24

Please join your lawmakers from the 33rd Legislative District for a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24. This is their chance to hear from you as well as update you on their work in Olympia on your behalf. The 33rd District includes SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines, Burien, and Normandy Park. WHO: Sen. Karen Keiser, Rep. Tina Orwall, ...

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Keiser’s Living Donor Act signed into law

Keiser’s Living Donor Act signed into law

OLYMPIA — The 86,000 patients in Washington with kidney disease now have a greater hope of someday receiving a transplant—the only lifesaving treatment—under a bill signed into law today. “Organ donors who give the gift of new life to another person should not be punished by higher premiums for their health or life insurance,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the ...

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Keiser: Legislature has delivered for hard-hit businesses

Keiser: Legislature has delivered for hard-hit businesses

OLYMPIA — With the passage of Senate Bill 5478 today, the Legislature has now put $2.2 billion in unemployment insurance (UI) tax cuts back into the pockets of Washington’s employers. “Businesses around our state have been suffering during this pandemic,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the bill’s sponsor and chair of the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee. ...

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Keiser bill to cut $500 million in business taxes passes Senate

Keiser bill to cut $500 million in business taxes passes Senate

OLYMPIA — A bill to provide hard-hit businesses with $500 million from a state funded unemployment relief account to reduce unemployment insurance (UI) premium taxes in 2022 passed the Senate today on a unanimous vote of 49-0. “This awful pandemic has hit some businesses much harder than others,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the bill’s sponsor. “We took urgent action ...

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

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 Senate Ways & Means Committee today by a strong bipartisan vote. “Small businesses across our state are hurting,” said Keiser. “We ...

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

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. The 33rd District includes SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines, Burien, and Normandy Park. WHO: Sen. Karen Keiser, Rep. Tina Orwall, Read More

Senate passes 40-hour work week for agricultural workers

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 federal Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 1938. A late compromise negotiated by Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines) and Sen. Kevin ...

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Senate passes Keiser bill to improve developmental disability options

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 years,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the bill’s sponsor. “This is a balanced approach to transitioning developmental disabilities services from ...

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