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Padden bill banning organ-transplant discrimination signed into law Today Sen. Mike Padden’s anti-discrimination legislation to protect people with developmental disabilities who are seeking organ transplants was signed into law. Substitute Senate Bill 5405 cleared the Legislature on April 24 with unanimous support. “I am pleased that Washington has spoken clearly, with one voice, that all lives have value,”... Read More...
Hang onto your wallets — the Legislature is back in town  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Jan. 14, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Big tax increases the issue as the 2019 session begins Dear friends and neighbors, As the Legislature launches its 2019 session today, you might be tempted to hum... Read More...
Padden and Holy applaud new Spokane-area remote-testimony sites Senate staff confirms newly approved sites to be located at EWU-Cheney and Spokane Valley City Hall Lawmakers today applauded news that the Senate’s remote-testimony pilot project will be expanding to two new sites in Spokane Valley and Cheney. Sen. Mike Padden received confirmation this week from legislative staff that Eastern... Read More...
Emma Bowman serves as page for Sen. Padden Emma Bowman, a freshman at West Valley High School, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Emma was one of 21 students who served as Senate pages for the fifth week of the 2018 legislative session. She was sponsored by... Read More...
Padden school-safety bill clears committee deadline The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously late Tuesday to advance Senate Bill 6410, concerning school safety. Under the measure, sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, first responders would be required to notify both public and private schools during any situation in their vicinity that would warrant an evacuation or... Read More...
Senator Mike Padden honors the 107th birthday of Ronald Reagan Today would have been the 107th birthday of Ronald Reagan. JIM VALLEY TALKED TO ONE REPUBLICAN SENATOR WHO HONORED THE 40TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AT THE STATE CAPITOL IN OLYMPIA. Ronald Reagan was born February 6, 1911. In a speech on the Senate floor, Republican Senator Mike Padden from... Read More...
Padden bill on police body cameras receives hearing in Senate committee Today the Senate Law and Justice Committee received public testimony on Senate Bill 6408, aimed at clarifying the rules surrounding the use of police body cameras. The measure is sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, the ranking member on the committee. In 2016, the Legislature passed House Bill 2362,... Read More...
What we face in the 2018 Session The 2018 session is underway, and although we have only been in Olympia for a few days, I have much to share with you. Already lawmakers have started work on issues that affect both our state and our district, from addressing the ability of rural property owners to develop and... Read More...