Report from Olympia

Issues of life and death, law and justice We are now well into the 2018 legislative session. There was plenty of activity last week, including hearings and voting on a handful of bills Wednesday and Thursday. There were also a number of events on campus, including the annual March for Life and a visit by leaders and researchers... Read More...
Big win for rural Washington! It was quite the emotional roller coaster last week here in Olympia — with several ups and downs and twists. Last week, however, ended with some great news. On Thursday night, the Legislature finally approved a remedy for the disastrous Hirst decision — the Supreme Court ruling that made it nearly impossible for rural... 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...
New year to bring new challenges and opportunities Dear Friends and Neighbors, I hope that you and your family enjoyed a very peaceful and joyous Christmas celebration, and are ready to welcome in the new year. As 2018 rapidly approaches, so too does the start of the new legislative session in Olympia. Like every session, this year will... Read More...
Battle lines being redrawn for 2018 as Senate control changes The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, Nov. 27, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, Six weeks from now, we will begin a legislative session in which Democrats have control of the House, the Senate and the... Read More...
Veterans’ Day celebration set; control of Senate shifts The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, Nov. 9, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here.   Dear friends and neighbors, We have plenty of news to report this week. A Veteran’s Day celebration has been set for Felt’s Field, a key member... Read More...
Uproar as Senate investigation points finger at transit agency The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, Oct. 30, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Spokane Valley mayor Rod Higgins welcomes the Senate Law and Justice Committee Oct. 24 to a meeting at the new Spokane Valley City Hall. This hearing will be aired on... Read More...
Driver’s license headaches ahead; transit agency on hot seat   The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, Oct. 17, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. At a Senate Law and Justice Committee investigative hearing in Everett, Sound Transit officials face tough questions about the use of public resources in last... Read More...
Senate probe of transit debacle raises issues for entire state The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, Oct. 5, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Sound Transit officials get a grilling at the Senate Law and Justice Committee’s first investigative hearing in Kent Sept. 26. Government and Community Relations Director Ann... Read More...
New probe in Senate; study shows staggering cost of Hirst decision The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, Sept. 21, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, Next week the Senate Law and Justice Committee launches an investigation of Sound Transit and the $54 billion bond issue it passed... Read More...
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