Nearly a quarter of new mothers have to return to work just two weeks after giving birth. Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, is sponsoring a paid family and medical leave proposal that would give security to Washington families who need to take time away from work to care for their families. (TRT: 57 ) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Sen. Karen Keiser of Des Moines has worked in the legislature on the issue of paid family and medical leave over the last 20 years. On Tuesday, surrounded by many colleagues, working men and women, moms, dads and children, she announced her sponsorship of Senate Bill 5032 – legislation that would create paid family and medical leave in the State of Washington. Sen. Keiser:

Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent: (TRT: 19) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “All Washington’s working families share the same thing, and that is a health crisis can happen at any time. Whether it’s a parent who falls down and breaks their hip, whether it’s a spouse who has a heart attack, whether it’s a daughter who has a new baby prematurely, health crises happen anytime, anywhere, to anybody.”

Keiser is hopeful that with a large group of supporters from many key industries across Washington that the proposal will be successful and allow Washingtonians the security of being with loved ones when they’re needed the most.

In Olympia, I’m Nicole Vukonich