OLYMPIA — A bill to regulate hospital and health system mergers and preserve community access to comprehensive medical care was filed in the Senate this week. The Keep Our Care Act, sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Emily Randall (D-Bremerton), prohibits hospitals from merging if the consolidation diminishes patients’ access to services — including reproductive, end-of-life and gender-affirming care — by creating a system of public oversight that ensures people’s needs are prioritized over corporate growth. If passed, it would only apply to future consolidations that receive authorization from the state attorney general. Randall said ...Read More
Sen. Emily Randall was born and raised on the Kitsap Peninsula in a hardworking union family. As a community organizer and advocate for health care and education, she is focused on putting the people of the 26th District first. She was elected to the state Senate in November 2018. Emily is now the Majority Caucus Whip and the chair of the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. She also serves as a member of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee and the Senate Transportation Committee.
Growing up in Port Orchard, Emily learned the value of education from her parents and her teachers. Her dad worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and her mom started a career as a para-educator when Emily was in high school. As the first in her family to attend a four-year college, she knows how important it is to make the path to higher education more accessible. She is dedicated to using her position on the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee to prioritize affordable college tuition, apprenticeship and job training programs to prepare students for living-wage jobs at local businesses.
Read Randall’s full biography here.