Report from Olympia

Corrections reform, other issues top Law & Justice agenda  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Feb. 23, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, We’re at the point of our legislative session when the action begins to move to the Senate floor. There are still a few bills... Read More...
The pace quickens The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Feb. 16, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, We’re at the point of the legislative session when the pace starts to quicken. On Friday we face a deadline for the passage of... Read More...
Freedom the theme at town hall meeting  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Feb. 3, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Last weekend it was my pleasure to join my 4th District seatmates, Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin, for a town hall meeting at the New Life Church... Read More...
Remembering Judge Sam Cozza, reforming DUI laws The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter Jan. 18, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, On Saturday, the people of our area will pay tribute to one of our best-respected jurists, Sam Cozza, presiding judge of the Spokane County Superior Court. Cozza... Read More...
Off and running in Olympia The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter Jan. 12, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, We’re off and running on our 2017 legislative session. The Legislature opened Monday for what is supposed to be 105 days at the state... Read More...
Breaking the bank in 2017 The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter Dec. 16, 2016. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, We’re getting ready again for another legislative session in Olympia, and it is looking like this will be one of the hardest-fought sessions in... Read More...
Looking forward to a busy spring and summer This e-newsletter was distributed to Sen. Padden’s subscribers on April 28, 2016. Dear friends and neighbors, The 2016 Legislative session is over, but these still are busy times. This week we saw the dedication of the Spokane Valley Tech skills center, and coming up we have one of the biggest... Read More...
What really happened in this year’s legislative session This newsletter was distributed to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers on April 15, 2016. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, This year’s legislative session is finally over, and it’s time for us to step back, take a breath, and assess what was accomplished. This session... Read More...
Legislative session goes into overtime This newsletter was distributed to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers on March 10, 2016. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. On what should have been the morning of adjournment, a rainbow appeared over the Capitol. Dear friends and neighbors, It shouldn’t have happened, but the Legislature is heading into... Read More...
Hearings begin in Department of Corrections fiasco This newsletter was distributed to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers on Feb. 26, 2016. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. This week the Senate launched hearings into the management troubles at the Department of Corrections that caused thousands of felons to be released early and may have caused the... Read More...
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