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'Supermajority' bill would create superminority

'Supermajority' bill would create superminority

Sen. Karen Keiser took the Senate floor today to speak against Senate Bill 8213, which would require a two-thirds majority vote of the Legislature to approve legislation affecting taxation, including the repeal of tax loopholes for special interests. <iframe src="http://www.tvw.org/scripts/iframe_video.php?eventID=2014020018&start=5449&stop=5538" width="550" height="320"></iframe>

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Keiser corrects GOP claims of ACA jobs impact

Keiser corrects GOP claims of ACA jobs impact

Sen. Karen Keiser of Kent, a longtime member and former chair of the Senate Health Care Committee, issued this statement today in response to state and federal GOP claims that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will cost people jobs. “In order to make sound choices about their health care, Washingtonians need sound information — not talking points handed down from congressional ...

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Foreign journalists see Legislature firsthand

Foreign journalists see Legislature firsthand

On Thursday, I had the uncommon privilege of hosting a visit from 19 journalists from countries in Africa and the Middle East who spent the bulk of the day learning about our state government and Legislature. clip_image002clip_image004 The journalists, participating in an ...

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Sen. Keiser: 'Move beyond score settling and pass immigration reform'

Sen. Keiser: 'Move beyond score settling and pass immigration reform'

OLYMPIA - Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, today joined with President Obama to call for Congressional action on immigration reform. Keiser was among the longtime reform supporters invited to the White House by the president to urge Congress to pass bipartisan reforms to the United States immigration system: "Today I was proud to stand with President Obama and join in his ...

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Health coverage for $100 or less coming soon to Washington

Health coverage for $100 or less coming soon to Washington

Fifty-six percent of Washingtonians currently without health insurance may be able to arrange coverage through wahealthplanfinder for less than $100 a month, Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, said today. Keiser cited a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the options available to Washingtonians as of Oct. 1, when individual and families may begin shopping for ...

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Keiser stands up for Medicaid expansion

Keiser stands up for Medicaid expansion

Sen. Karen Keiser took the Senate floor today to speak against efforts by the Republican majority  to prohibit expansion of Medicaid to 300,000 Washingtonians without health care.

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Keiser’s involuntary commitment bill signed into law

Keiser’s involuntary commitment bill signed into law

Information from family and friends soon will be considered when a licensed mental health professional and the court determine whether someone should be involuntarily committed for mental health treatment, thanks to legislation signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.

"People who may need to be committed and receive treatment don’t always present symptoms when being examined and assessed; someone might ...

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Keiser’s unused prescriptions bill signed into law

Keiser’s unused prescriptions bill signed into law

Health care professionals and medical facilities will soon be able to donate unused, unopened prescription drugs for distribution to people without health insurance, thanks to legislation signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.

"Every day, we dispose of valuable prescription drugs simply because their recipients have died or no longer need the prescriptions, and meanwhile there are people going without ...

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Mental health: substantial policy progress accomplished this session

Mental health: substantial policy progress accomplished this session

OLYMPIA — Every legislative session a myriad of bills are introduced, great debate occurs, but most policy dies for a variety of reasons. This year, mental health was the exception.

Considerable progress was accomplished on meaningful mental health policy through a bipartisan effort, led by Democrats.

“Behavioral health is just as important as physical health,” said Sen. Karen Keiser, D—Kent. “Getting our ...

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