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    Bill to choose potential sites for future commercial airports moves to Governor

Bill to choose potential sites for future commercial airports moves to Governor

April 27th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – Legislation (Senate Bill 5370) creating a pathway to develop new commercial aviation facilities in the state heads to Gov. Jay Inslee following final passage by the House and Senate the day before the 2019 Legislative session is scheduled to adjourn.  A new 15-member commission will be tasked with reviewing options and making decisions on potential sites for future aviation facilities. 

Sea-Tac International Airport is the fastest growing airports in the nation. In 2009, state estimates projected 30 million passengers would travel through Sea-Tac. However, by 2018, passenger travel reached nearly 50 million in a single year.

“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 bill sponsor Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines). “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. Another commercial airport—whether it is brand new or a build-out of existing facilities — makes sense for our state, our economy and our citizens.”

The new commission must review options and make decisions on possible locations for new commercial aviation facilities for both passenger and air cargo services.  The bill requires decisions on at least two options by 2022. 

“Increased air traffic from Sea-Tac in recent years highlights the need for additional airport capacity,” said Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) who sponsored similar legislation in the House. “As our state continues to flourish, this new commission will help us better understand our growing commercial airport needs, and what new opportunities exist to expand in other areas of the state.”

Senate Bill 5370 is supported by the Washington Ports Association and the Port of Seattle Commissioners, as well as the airport-impacted cities of Burien, SeaTac and Des Moines.

The legislation passed with broad bipartisan support out of both chambers, and it now goes to the Governor’s desk for signing.

Keiser legislation to protect ‘isolated’ employees from sexual harassment passes out of the Legislature.

April 12th, 2019|

Keiser legislation to protect ‘isolated’ employees from sexual harassment passes out of the Legislature.

OLYMPIA – Employees who work in isolated environments will have better protection against sexual harassment as a result of legislation that passed out of both chambers of the Legislature, last night.

“I have been working on addressing sexual harassment for quite some time. Protecting low-wage, isolated workers is the next step in achieving a harassment-free workplace for us all,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), sponsor of Senate Bill 5258.

“Housekeepers, janitors, security guards, and other individuals working alone on the night-shift are extremely vulnerable to sexual harassment and exploitation,” Keiser said. “This bill was voted off the floor of the Senate and House in a bipartisan manner. This passage of this legislation makes Washington one of the first states in the nation with expanded protections for isolated employees.”

SB 5258 would require certain employers that employ isolated workers to adopt a sexual harassment policy, provide mandatory sexual harassment training, provide a list of resources to employees, and provide a panic button to each isolated worker.

Having passed off both the House and Senate floor, SB 5258 now heads to the Governor’s desk for signing 

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