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VIDEO: Recommendation for major new airport coming by 2022

May 20th, 2019|

From KIRO7:

In Keiser’s district around Sea-Tac, people feel the impact of plane noise and pollution.

“We are really at near capacity at Sea-Tac Airport and it’s the smallest international airport in the country with no room to grow so we have got to figure out some options here,” Keiser said.

The governor will appoint commissioners, who are required to come up with a list of six possible airport locations by Jan. 1, 2021.

It must be narrowed to two options by Sept. 1, 2021, with a single preferred location decided by Jan. 1, 2022.

“We have to do environmental studies, we have to work with our communities, a lot of pieces are in play, but if you don’t make that first determination of potential sites you can’t even get started,” Keiser said.

Watch the video here:

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    Keiser legislation to protect ‘isolated’ employees from sexual harassment signed into law

Keiser legislation to protect ‘isolated’ employees from sexual harassment signed into law

May 14th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – Legislation to better protect employees who work in isolated environments against sexual harassment was signed into law this week.

“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. The legislation now makes Washington one of the first states in the nation with expanded protections for isolated employees.”

The final version of SB 5258 will 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.

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    Keiser legislation to create additional commercial airport capacity signed by Governor Inslee.

Keiser legislation to create additional commercial airport capacity signed by Governor Inslee.

May 14th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – Legislation (Senate Bill 5370) establishing an airport commission tasked with identifying up to six possible sites for future commercial aviation was signed by Governor Inslee this week. “The time for studies is over, now we need to make some tough decisions,” said Senator Karen Keiser, the prime sponsor of the legislation.

Sea-Tac International Airport is the fastest growing airports in the nation, and is also the smallest international airport in the country.  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.

“This is a great step forward to facing the reality that we need more statewide commercial aviation choices.  Our economy and our residents will deserve good decisions on these critical choices,” said bill sponsor Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines. “If you’ve flown in or out of Sea-Tac International Airport recently you know we already face flight delays, gate limitations, and terminal congestion as everyday events. Additional commercial airport options—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 make recommendations to additional commercial airport facilities for our state by 2021.  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.

Substitute Senate Bill No. 5370 Relating to creating a state commercial aviation coordinating commission. Primary Sponsor: Karen Keiser