Monthly Archives: February 2019

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    Cleveland: Legislation would reduce threat of exposure by 75 percent

Cleveland: Legislation would reduce threat of exposure by 75 percent

February 20th, 2019|

Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), chair of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee, released this statement following today’s hearing on Senate Bill 5841, her legislation to contain the spread of measles and other threats to public health.

“The measles outbreak in Clark County has spread to 62 confirmed cases and is an alarming reminder of the public health threat posed by once-prolific diseases that have been nearly eradicated by vaccinations.

“The outbreak threatens the health of not only unvaccinated children but those who cannot receive vaccinations, such as newborns, individuals with chronic illnesses, and adults with compromised immune systems.

“Under existing state law, parents may exempt their children from vaccinations on the basis of religion, medical necessity, or personal belief. These exemptions are so broad that they render our state more vulnerable to outbreaks than most other states. SB 5841 retains the exemptions based on religion and medical necessity but eliminates the most problematic exemption: personal belief.

“In the 2017-18 school year, the rate of kindergarten personal belief exemptions was 3.7 percent, compared to only 0.2 percent for religious reasons and 0.8 percent for medical necessity. So, removing the personal belief exemption would reduce the overall percentage of unvaccinated children by more than 75 percent, from 4.7 percent to just 1 percent.

“People throughout our communities feel they should be able to send their kids to school, and go out in public in general, without the risk of being exposed to a serious health threat. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable expectation, and I see it as our responsibility as legislators to ensure that public health is protected.”

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    Cleveland: Oregon report will help move I-5 bridge effort forward

Cleveland: Oregon report will help move I-5 bridge effort forward

February 13th, 2019|

Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) issued this statement in response to the I-5 bridge advisory report released today by Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson:

“Secretary Richardson’s comments mark a welcome, cross-state sign of support for the efforts of our bipartisan coalition of Southwest Washington legislators who have worked for several years to revive efforts to build a new I-5 replacement bridge across the Columbia River.

“I commend Secretary Richardson for his efforts to help move this important undertaking forward on behalf of the people of both our states as well as all the individuals and businesses who rely on the I-5 corridor.

“This adds continued momentum to our efforts as we look to future meetings of the Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action Committee that our state created in 2017. Though Washington can determine only the participation of Washington legislators on this committee, and any formal participation by Oregon lawmakers must be determined by the Oregon Legislature, a number of Oregon lawmakers voluntarily attended our first meeting last December. This increases my optimism that Oregon will take legislative action this session to formalize their participation and we will be able to collaborate together.

“Everyone knows we need a new I-5 bridge. Secretary Richardson’s clear, forward-looking support from across the border today will help transform that need into continued action.”

Secretary Richardson’s full comments on the report can be seen in this news release.