Patty in the News

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after the “Act Relating to the Abatement of Violations of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act During an Appeal” was signed into law in Washington state by Governor Christine Gregoire. The law, which is only in place in Washington state and Oregon, will ensure that employers remedy safety violations to protect their workers in a timely fashion, even if the company is appealing said violations.

Read Senator Murray’s statement below:

“I applaud Washington state’s efforts to lead the nation in making our workplaces safer. The bill that Governor Gregoire signed into law today will ensure that workers won’t have to wait for the completion of a lengthy contest and appeals process for cited safety violations to be resolved.

“The bill that was signed into law today should serve as a model for the nation. Companies should be held accountable for safety violations in states across the country, not just in Washington state and Oregon. That’s why as a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee, I will continue working to pass similar legislation on the national level.”