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.
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.
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
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
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