Report from Olympia

The good news and the bad from the Washington statehouse The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, April 27, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, This was a week of accomplishment and disappointment. After years of effort to toughen our state’s impaired-driving laws, my legislation to make the 4th... Read More...
Special session looms as Legislature fails to complete its work  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, April 20, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here.   Dear friends and neighbors, This is the last week of our regular session in Olympia – but our work is far from over. Our regular session was supposed... Read More...
Barker Road project wins Senate nod as regular session nears end The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, April 13, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, As adjournment of our regular session draws near, major differences remain between the House and Senate over the state’s operating budget, and the dismaying... Read More...
A tough loss for the Zags, a triumph of character The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, April 6, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, Most of us – if not all – were disappointed Monday night when the Gonzaga Bulldogs narrowly lost to North Carolina for the NCAA... Read More...
DUI, Corrections reform bills survive key votes The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, March 30, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, During these final weeks of our regular legislative session, House and Senate committees have been busy. House policy committees had until Wednesday to pass most... Read More...
Budget debate will dominate session’s final month  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, March 23, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, We’ve begun the final month of our regular session, when the budget becomes the top issue for the Washington Legislature. During the four weeks... Read More...
Committee questions State Patrol on immigration, freeway protest  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, March 16, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, Now that bill-passage deadlines in the Senate and House have passed, we finally have a chance to catch our breath and discuss broader public-policy... Read More...
Unanimous vote to correct corrections  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, March 9, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, Last year we saw huge controversy when an investigation of the Department of Corrections was launched by the Senate Law and Justice Committee, which... Read More...
Senate passes felony DUI bill — for the 6th time  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, March 2, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, The action in the Legislature has moved to the House and Senate floors. We face a March 8 deadline to pass most of the... Read More...
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...
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