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Here you will find information about the 4th Legislative District, my committee assignments, my legislative priorities and bills I have introduced in the Legislature, and news from the 2014 legislative session, which adjourned after 60 days on March 13.

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Report from Olympia — March 27, 2015
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Report from Olympia — March 27, 2015
There are just four weeks left in the 2015 regular legislative session. Today – day 75 of the 105-day session – the majority party in the House of Representatives finally released its proposed operating budget. I’ll have more information on its proposal in my next update, but the initial news...
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House hearing held on Padden bill protecting private-property rights
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House hearing held on Padden bill protecting private-property rights
Today the Washington State House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Sen. Mike Padden’s bill to protect private-property owners from having their property taken by government and given to a private company for economic-development purposes. The bill also would clarify that issues of blight and economic development are not sufficient...
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Padden bill tackling designer drugs heard in House committee
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Padden bill tackling designer drugs heard in House committee
Today the House Commerce and Gaming Committee heard public testimony on a bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden that would increase fines for the sale of designer drugs, such as synthetic cannabinoids, cathinones and methcathinones – commonly referred to as “bath salts.” The measure would also create a civil liability...
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Report from Olympia — March 20, 2015
Latino Legislative Day sponsored by the Latino Civic Alliance, March 16th, 2015
Report from Olympia — March 20, 2015
While our work on bills continues, I was reminded this week of why our efforts to pass legislation dealing with human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children are so important. As the Spokesman-Review reports, Spokane County inmates orchestrated sex crimes from their jail cells by arranging prostitution of underage girls....
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