Hospitality Association Announces 2017 Legislative Heroes
OLYMPIA, Wash.: Annually, the Washington Hospitality Association recognizes lawmakers as Heroes of the hospitality industry.The association is known for its political advocacy and acumen. Nominees for the association's Legislative Heroes come from both parties and both chambers.
"The legislators we've chosen this year fight for the hospitality industry time and time again," said Julia Gorton, director of State Government Affairs. "They were thoughtful and work hard to be a voice for local businesses even when the odds seem against us. We appreciate and recognize how these lawmakers continue to make Washington a great place to do business."
The hospitality industry is impacted more than others because of narrow profit margins, an ever-changing economic climate and stiff competition for consumers. Legislators who understand the nature of the industry are instrumental in negotiating and finding solutions.
This year, the Washington Hospitality Association honored four legislators for their work:
Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn)
This year Sen. Joe Fain was the biggest champion on Paid Family and Medical Leave. Fain is the prime sponsor of legislation that passed, which was a compromise between two bills addressing the issue. With his keen insight during the negotiation process Washington now has the best law in the nation for both businesses and employees.
Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Kent)
Sen. Karen Keiser is tireless advocate for Paid Family and Medical Leave. This year, the senator co-sponsored the Paid Family and Medical leave legislation. After years of work, Keiser is a hero for finding ways to ensure both businesses and employees are capable of participating in this important program.
Rep. Brandon Vick (R-Felida)
Rep. Brandon Vick is a strong advocate for the hospitality industry. This year, Vick sponsored legislation that allows restaurants and other licensed purchasers to buy spirits and wine with credit cards. This is a great new law that will allow restaurants an easy way to purchase alcohol and contribute to the ease of business.
Rep. Springer (D-Kirkland)
Rep. Larry Springer is a former restaurateur who now owns a wine shop in Kirkland. Springer knows what it takes to run a business. He acted as a moderate voice across party lines and helped find consensus on countless divisive issues. He continues to be a strong advocate for the hospitality industry.
Three additional legislators were given special recognition for their unwavering dedication to the hospitality industry: Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah); Rep. Matt Manweller (R-Ellensburg); Rep. Gina McCabe (R-Goldendale).