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Stay in touch over the interim

Stay in touch over the interim

Dear neighbors, It has been a banner year for progress on important issues like increasing available, affordable housing; reducing prescription drug costs; improving safety and security on the job; and enabling better lives for our children. Throughout the interim, I will be continuing to work on these issues and more. For the next few months, though, election year restrictions on official communications ...

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ADVISORY: Keiser to receive healthcare hero award

ADVISORY: Keiser to receive healthcare hero award

For National Public Health Week, WashPIRG Students will host a press conference at the University of Washington with Senator Karen Keiser celebrating their successful work to establish a prescription drug affordability board. SB 5532, passed this year, will establish a prescription drug affordability board, which will identify and conduct affordability reviews of drugs that either are priced at excessive levels ...

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Keiser: Rx affordability board would restrain skyrocketing prices

Keiser: Rx affordability board would restrain skyrocketing prices

OLYMPIA — Washington would take an important step to bring down skyrocketing prescription drug prices, under a bill passed today by the House. “It’s no secret that prescription drug prices are out of control,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the bill’s sponsor. “And the data shows that when drug prices go up, people's health goes down. When people can’t ...

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Senate passes transportation package that would improve trails, aviation

Senate passes transportation package that would improve trails, aviation

OLYMPIA – Residents of the 33rd Legislative District would see major improvements to transportation infrastructure under legislation passed today by the Senate. “Move Ahead Washington makes the strongest investments in our communities in memory,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines). “It makes significant additions to pedestrian and bike trails, invests in more sustainable aviation, and much more.” Highlights of the investments ...

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Senate passes legislation to expand and strengthen apprenticeships

Senate passes legislation to expand and strengthen apprenticeships

OLYMPIA — Workers in Washington state would benefit from new apprenticeship programs in growing fields, reinvigorated support for existing apprenticeships, and significantly increased state funding for apprentices at public colleges, under two bills passed recently by the Senate. “The ‘earn-while-you-learn’ approach, with both classroom instruction and supervised on-the-job training, makes apprenticeships accessible to many—especially women and people of color—who can’t take time off work or afford ...

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Keiser: Unemployment insurance tax relief will help small businesses

Keiser: Unemployment insurance tax relief will help small businesses

Update March 1: The House of Representatives has passed SB 5873 unanimously. OLYMPIA — Washington businesses would see $214 million in unemployment insurance tax relief this year, with no use of state funds, under a bill passed by the Senate today. Unemployment insurance (UI) premiums have spiked due to surging demand during the pandemic. “The layoffs due to COVID-19 hit small businesses especially ...

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Senate passes Keiser bill to cap insulin costs at $35 per month

Senate passes Keiser bill to cap insulin costs at $35 per month

OLYMPIA — Washingtonians with diabetes would pay no more than $35 a month for insulin under SB 5546, passed yesterday by the Senate. “Insulin is a lifesaving medication,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the sponsor of the legislation. “It was first used 100 years ago. There is no reason for the price of insulin to be so high today, ...

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Keiser: payroll tax relief bill ‘a major step toward an equitable economic recovery’

Keiser: payroll tax relief bill ‘a major step toward an equitable economic recovery’

OLYMPIA — Washington workers and businesses would see significant cuts to payroll taxes under one of the biggest tax relief bills of the year, filed today by Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines). “We have to respond to the continued economic strains on family budgets and business bottom lines around our state,” said Keiser, chair of the Senate Labor, Commerce & ...

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Apprenticeship bills promise stronger, more just economy

Apprenticeship bills promise stronger, more just economy

OLYMPIA — Workers in Washington state would benefit from new apprenticeship programs in growing fields, reinvigorated support for existing apprenticeships, and significantly increased state funding for apprentices at public colleges, under two bills scheduled for committee hearings on Thursday. “The ‘earn-while-you-learn’ approach, with both classroom instruction and supervised on-the-job training, makes apprenticeships accessible to many—especially women and people of color—who can’t take time off work or afford ...

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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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