Monthly Archives: March 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY: 33rd Legislative District Town Hall, Saturday, March 23

March 19th, 2019|

Who: Senator Karen Keiser, Representative Tina Orwall and Representative Mia Gregerson

What: Town Hall meeting with 33rd Legislative District constituents

When: Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: LiUNA! Local 242 Labor Hall, 22323 Pacific Hwy S, Des Moines

Why: The 33rd District legislators will provide a legislative session update and answer constituent questions. This event is family friendly.

Please contact Sen. Keiser (360-786-7664), Rep. Tina Orwall (360-786-7834) or Rep. Mia Gregerson (360-786-7868) for questions. 

For those unable to attend the event, there will be a 33rd Legislative District Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30pm.

Senate votes to create additional commercial airport capacity

March 12th, 2019|

Senate votes to create additional commercial airport capacity

OLYMPIA –

“The opening of the new two-gate passenger terminal at Everett’s Paine Field is a welcome relief, but it will not solve the long-term need to find additional commercial airport capacity in our state” said Senator Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), sponsor of Senate Bill 5470 which passed the Senate by a vote of 45-1. 

“If you’ve flown in or out of Sea-Tac recently you know we already face flight delays, gate limitations, and terminal congestion as everyday events,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), sponsor of Senate Bill 5370.  The legislation establishes an airport commission to identify up to six possible sites for future commercial aviation in our state with the direction to narrow the search for either new or expanded airport facilites with a two-year process.  The commission must also develop a timeline for developing an additional commercial aviation facility that will be functional by 2040. 

“Sea-Tac is the fastest growing airport in the nation in passengers, and air cargo volume has more than doubled in the last decade.  It is also the smallest international airport in the nation, with only half the space of many other major airports,” Keiser said. “Moreover, there’s no more room to grow because I-5, Highway 99, Highway 509 and Highway 599 surround SeaTac’s perimeter. Another airport—whether it is brand new or a build-out of existing facilities — makes sense for our state, our economy and our citizens. ”

SB 5370 was supported by the Washington Ports Association and the Port of Seattle Commissioners, as well as the airport-impacted cities of Burien, SeaTac and DesMoines. 

Having passed off the Senate floor, SB 5370 now heads to the House for further consideration.

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For information:    Bre Weider, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7326

Sen. Keiser’s 2019 Govt Guide

March 4th, 2019|

Sen. Keiser on TVW’s “Inside Olympia”

March 4th, 2019|


TVW discuss labor and workers’ rights legislation with Sens. Karen Keiser and Curtis King.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Legislation to increase transparency in drug pricing passed unanimously off the Senate floor today.

March 4th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – Legislation to increase transparency in drug pricing passed unanimously off the Senate floor today.

“This bill will go a long way towards revealing the real cost of prescription drugs,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), sponsor of Senate Bill 5292. “As things stand, we really do not have publicly available drug pricing information. It’s past time to shed some light on this industry.  People should be able to know what the prescription drugs that they need and pay for actually cost to make and distribute. 

“The requirements in the bill are a good starting point for understanding the complicated drug supply chain that continually increases prices. All of us in the Senate have heard horror stories from our constituents about dramatic increases in their prescriptions,” Keiser said. “The unanimous passage of this bill by both Democrats and Republicans shows our state recognizes the urgent and vital need for transparency.”

SB 5292 would require the Health Care Authority (HCA) to compile an annual list of 10 prescription drugs that have a significant impact on state expenditures but are critical for public health. “That’s a good start, but I remain concerned that pharmaceutical companies will still not be required to give us advance notice before implementing large price increases. Advance notice would give consumers more purchasing options,” Keiser said.

SB 5292 would also require other entities in the drug supply chain, like pharmacy benefit managers, insurance carriers, and pharmacy service administrative organizations, to provide information such as rebates received and retained, lists of the costliest prescription drugs, and the impact of prescription drug price increases on premiums.

The HCA would be directed to compile all information collected and prepare an annual report to the Legislature on the overall impact of drug costs on health care premiums.

Having passed off the Senate floor, SB 5292 now heads to the House for further consideration.

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For information:    Bre Weider, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7326