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March 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

VIDEO: Recommendation for major new airport coming by 2022

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/recommendation-for-major-new-airport-coming-by-2022/949913410

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.

May 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Keiser legislation to protect ‘isolated’ employees from sexual harassment signed into law.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Keiser legislation to protect ‘isolated’ employees from sexual harassment signed into law.

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

May 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Keiser legislation to create additional commercial airport capacity signed by Governor Inslee.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Keiser legislation to create additional commercial airport capacity signed by Governor Inslee.

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

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

May 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Bill to choose potential sites for future commercial airports moves to Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Bill to choose potential sites for future commercial airports moves to Governor

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.

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

April 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

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

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

April 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

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

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.

March 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Senate votes to create additional commercial airport capacity

Senate votes to create additional commercial airport capacity

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“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

March 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Sen. Keiser on TVW’s “Inside Olympia”


TVW discuss labor and workers’ rights legislation with Sens. Karen Keiser and Curtis King.
March 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

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

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

March 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|