Report from Olympia

A tough loss for the Zags, a triumph of character The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, 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... Read More...
DUI, Corrections reform bills survive key votes The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, 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... Read More...
Budget debate will dominate session’s final month  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, 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... 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...
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...
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