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Tuesday, April 14 turned out to be a busy day for Democrats in the state Senate: Cannabis, Capital Budget, and Equal Pay Day.
The Cannabis Patient Protection Act moves forward despite concerns (TRT: 30) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
The Cannabis Patient Protection Act passed in the Senate despite concerns from Sen. Jeannie Kohl-Welles of Seattle, who has worked on the issue for the last 20 years. Kohl-Welles voted against the bill on behalf of medical marijuana patients throughout the state. Sen. Kohl-Welles:
Sen. Jeannie Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle: (TRT: 16) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “I do have confidence that it’s going to work out in the long run, but I’m worried about the patients who are dependent upon the places that they know well. They trust the people. They get good advice.”
Bipartisan Capital Budget passes (TRT:27) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD:
The Senate gave its stamp of approval on the 2015 Capital Budget when it passed House Bill 1115. Sen. Karen Keiser of Kent, the ranking democratic negotiator on the budget, voted in favor of the plan despite the need for improvements. Sen. Keiser:
Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent: (TRT: 12) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “We have lots of issues to work on – I have the prospect of real progress on those issues- but the jobs and the investments in our communities and our schools are a tremendous step in the right direction.”
Honoring National Equal Pay Day (TRT: 25) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD:
Sen. Annette Cleveland of Vancouver sponsored this year’s update to the state’s 72 year old Equal Pay Act. Rising in support of National Equal Pay Day, she noted that women in our state are not expected to achieve pay equity until the year 2071. Sen. Cleveland:
Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver: (TRT: 10) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “I urge us to, on this day of recognition of the Equal Pay Act, that we commit to addressing this issue together now.”
Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.