Monthly Archives: January 2018

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    Senate passes Cleveland bill to increase worker safety on public roads

Senate passes Cleveland bill to increase worker safety on public roads

January 24th, 2018|

Traffic laws and offenses governing motorists in the vicinity of emergency vehicles would be extended to apply to adjacent lanes 200 feet before and after work vehicles that display flashing lights, under legislation that passed the Senate unanimously today.

Senate Bill 5841, sponsored by Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, expands the area in which motorists must move into the next lane to accommodate stationary or slow-moving highway construction vehicles; highway maintenance vehicles; solid waste vehicles, and utility service vehicles. It also applies to highway construction and maintenance areas where flaggers and other workers are present.

“Highway maintenance workers, flaggers and others work under conditions that place them at the mercy of passing motorists,” Cleveland said. “The risk to their safety has become even greater in this digital age, as more and more people are texting and engaging in other forms of distracted driving.”

Monetary penalties in Washington state are double for drivers who speed in road construction zones. Total penalties and fines range from $153 to $788 depending on how much the motorist exceeds the speed limit. In addition, a motorist whose driving endangers or is likely to endanger roadway workers is guilty of reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and/or a jail sentence of up to 364 days and a mandatory, 60-day drivers’ license suspension.

SB 5841 extends those penalties by 200 feet before and after road work zones, vehicles, flaggers, and other workers.

Cleveland bill targets bullying in the workplace

January 24th, 2018|

Sen. Annette Cleveland testified today on Senate Bill 6435, her legislation to address bullying in the workplace. You can hear her testimony by clicking here or by clicking on the icon below:

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    Cleveland: Construction projects will boost jobs, infrastructure

Cleveland: Construction projects will boost jobs, infrastructure

January 23rd, 2018|

The capital construction budget passed late last week by the Legislature will create family-wage jobs and fund important infrastructure in communities across the district, Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, said today.

“These projects will improve our schools and make our communities better places to live and work, not just for those of us who live here today but for our children and their grandchildren,” Cleveland said. “Investing in infrastructure sets us up for economic growth and prosperity that results in healthier households and stronger communities.”

The overall construction budget will create more than 19,000 construction jobs, invest more than $1 billion in public school construction to lower class sizes, and pump $800 million into our public universities and colleges. Additionally, the capital budget will provide millions of dollars in investments to support the elderly, add new mental health beds, protect the environment and get homeless children off the streets.

Funds secured by Cleveland and her 49th District seatmates include $11.8 million for:

  • $4.8 million in Public Works Assistance Account loans for Vancouver LED Street Lights
  • $3.2 million to Repair and Maintain Clark College
  • $700,000 Building Communities Fund grant for the Bridgeview Resource Center
  • $570,000 to preserve and maintain the State School for the Blind
  • $1.2 million for community projects at the Bridgeview Resource Center
  • $500,000 to increase capacity at Special Commitment Center community facilities
  • $395,000 Building Communities Fund grant for Aging With Dignity
  • $328,000 Youth Recreational Facilities grant for the Clinton and Gloria John Club
  • $307,000 for improvements to the Center for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss
  • $300,000 Local and Community Projects grant for the Clark County Historical Museum
  • $180,000 Building Communities Fund grant for the Share Day Center
  • $50,000 for improvements to the Independent Living Skills Center
  • $20,000 to remedy leaking tank models at the Hansen Drilling Co.
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    Cleveland: Quartet of bills will help women live healthier lives

Cleveland: Quartet of bills will help women live healthier lives

January 22nd, 2018|

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver and the chair of the committee, released this statement today to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision:

“A year ago, I traveled across the country to join my daughter in attending the historic Women’s March on Washington, D.C. Last night I attended an event in Vancouver honoring the anniversary of that march and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. At both events, it was impossible not to reflect on the generations of women who have courageously fought for our rights as women.

“I thought of my Grandma, who took me aside at the age of 10, when Roe v. Wade was announced, to impress upon me how hard the fight was and to ask me to promise to never yield ground on that progress. I thought of my own grown daughter, who today is working toward her graduate degree in gender policy in order to take up the mantel and continue the fight for equal rights.

“I will never forget my Grandma’s voice as she shared with me, as I got older, the anguish women would feel prior to Roe v. Wade and the development of contraceptives, at being unable to control their own reproductive health. I am so thankful those days are in our past. We must never forget.

“Today, as chair of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee, it was my privilege and honor to act on four pieces of legislation that will continue to improve women’s access to services critical to their health.

“It’s vital that women have access to whatever contraceptive drugs, devices, products and services we need to manage our reproductive needs and overall health. Contraception is about far more than unwanted births. Women use contraceptive products to manage a wide range of health concerns and conditions and live healthier lives because of it.

“Just as Roe V Wade moved women’s reproductive health issues out of back alleys and into hospitals and other safe venues, these bills today will make life safer yet for women across our state.”

The bills before the Health & Long Term Care Committee included:

Senate Bill 6219, the Reproductive Parity Act;

SB 5912, which expands mammography coverage to include 3-D mammography;

SB 6102, which enacts the Employee Reproductive Choice Act; and

SB 6105, which enacts the Reproductive Health Access for All Act.

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    Cleveland welcomes global perspective in Thursday health hearing

Cleveland welcomes global perspective in Thursday health hearing

January 16th, 2018|

Dr. Nata Menabde, the executive director of the World Health Organization of the United Nations, will testify Thursday before the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee on the goal of achieving worldwide sustainable healthcare and how it applies to Washington state.

“It is extremely rare that a state legislature has the opportunity to hear testimony from someone with the expertise and stature of Dr. Menabde,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver and the chair of the committee. “As someone who has led efforts to improve health care in numerous nations around the world, Dr. Menabde can offer a truly global perspective on universal health care and what steps we can take here in Washington state.”

Cleveland noted that, prior to leading the United Nation’s World Health Organization, Menabde led the Indian government’s efforts on a wide range of health care challenges, has oversaw European research into the relationship between health and wealth, and forged partnerships with nearly a dozen world organizations to elevate health issues on the political agendas of many nations.

“You could fill an entire hearing just running through Dr. Menabde’s full resume,” Cleveland said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have the benefit of her knowledge.”

Menabde holds a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology as well as diplomas in Health Management and Leadership from schools here in the states and in Health Care Economics from the United Kingdom. She also studied Public Health at the Nordic School of Public Health in Sweden.

The 10 a.m. hearing will focus on a number of bills to improve health care, including:

  • Senate Bill 5957, which would establish the Healthy Washington program to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage for all residents of the state;
  • SB 5984, which addresses access to health care for all state residents with Apple Health on the state Health Benefit Exchange;
  • SB 6047, which would ensure access to affordable health care coverage for children; and
  • SB 6304, which would ensure continued access to Medicaid services for Washingtonians.