Mike Padden

News and content from Sen. Mike Padden, 4th District, Spokane Valley.

Protecting lives and healing the culture… During this year’s legislative session we pushed repeatedly for a measure to make a fourth DUI a felony under Washington law and also introduced bills aimed at improving drug and alcohol monitoring. Last week elected officials and members of law enforcement from across the country attended the National 24/7 Summit... Read More...
Bad timing by our state Supreme Court The only debate between then-challenger Ronald Reagan and incumbent President Jimmy Carter prior to the 1980 presidential election produced one of the lines for which President Reagan is still remembered. “There you go again,” he said to Carter (before explaining that Carter’s promotion of national health insurance misrepresented Reagan’s position... Read More...
Senate adopts Padden resolution honoring those with Down syndrome Today the Senate adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, honoring people with Down syndrome and recognizing the efforts of people and organizations working on behalf of those with developmental disabilities. Padden shared his personal commitment to policies that recognize the rights of those with Down syndrome. “As a... Read More...
Senate unanimously passes Padden’s felony-DUI bill Early this morning, at the end of a marathon session by lawmakers, the Washington State Senate unanimously passed Sen. Mike Padden’s bill to make a fourth DUI conviction in 10 years a felony. The policy is also funded in the Senate’s operating budget proposal, which was debated last night and... Read More...
Padden continues work to end human trafficking Saying that there is still work to be done, today Sen. Mike Padden oversaw the Senate Law and Justice Committee’s review of several bills aimed at addressing human trafficking. “The Washington State Legislature has an excellent history of dealing with the issue of human trafficking,” said Padden, R-Spokane Valley and... Read More...
Report from Olympia — Feb. 13, 2015 On Monday, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on my bill to help keep the cost of residential construction low and housing more affordable. Senate Bill 5759 requires that distinct “prevailing wage” rates be calculated and paid to workers employed in residential construction. SB 5759 emerged... Read More...
Padden bill to help new small businesses clears Senate panel On Wednesday, a bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden that would provide tax relief for Washington’s new small businesses was approved by the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee. “We know that the first three years are the most critical to a small business being able to survive,” said Padden,... Read More...
Report from Olympia — Feb. 6, 2015 It’s hard to believe we’re already into February, and that four weeks of the 2015 legislative session are almost behind us. This week the Legislature began delving into some big issues like responding to the governor’s cap-and-tax plan and helping our veterans find jobs. …Also this week, the Washington Council... Read More...
Key Senate panel unanimously approves Padden’s felony-DUI bill Momentum and support continue to grow for Sen. Mike Padden’s bill to make a fourth DUI conviction in 10 years a felony. Today the state Senate Law and Justice Committee voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 5105, which now moves one step closer to a vote of the full Senate.... Read More...
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