Report from Olympia

Corrections, water for Spokane Valley emerge as major topics This newsletter was distributed to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Sens. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, and Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, discuss the Department of Corrections scandal on TVW’s ‘The Impact.’ Click here to see the newscast. Dear friends and neighbors, We are nearly... Read More...
Corrections scandal dominates Legislature’s opening week This newsletter was distributed to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers on Jan. 14, 2016. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, We had plenty of drama this week as we opened the 2016 legislative session. And it just goes to show things get faster when there... Read More...
Justice for Victims Dear Friends and Neighbors, This is the last Report from Olympia you will receive in 2015. Due to election-year restrictions, I am not permitted to send out my e-newsletter until the 2016 regular legislative session begins on Jan. 11. Even then, I can only send these updates to those who... Read More...
Seasons change and the new session approaches As we approach Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, we are reminded of the importance of family, faith and thankfulness for all the blessings in our lives. I am particularly grateful for the opportunity you have given me to be your voice in the Senate. In even-numbered years, like 2016, the legislative... Read More...
Serving and honoring our veterans… With Veterans Day approaching on November 11, I wanted to begin this Report from Olympia with a brief mention of some of the actions taken by the Legislature this year to honor and serve those to whom we owe our freedom: the brave men and women who have served our... Read More...
Important deadline approaching Dear Friends and Neighbors, To continue receiving these Reports from Olympia without interruption, you must contact me before election-year restrictions take effect December 1. You can do so by clicking here (or the image above) to fill out a quick survey. If you have already emailed me your request, then... Read More...
On the home front… Greetings to everyone across the 4th Legislative District. It’s been a pleasure seeing so many of you at meetings and events around our district over the past few months. Special thanks go to those who made time in their busy schedules to meet at our recent coffee one-on-one to discuss... Read More...
Protecting lives and healing the culture… During this year’s legislative session we pushed repeatedly for a measure to make a fourth DUI a felony under Washington law and also introduced bills aimed at improving drug and alcohol monitoring. Last week elected officials and members of law enforcement from across the country attended the National 24/7 Summit... Read More...
Bad timing by our state Supreme Court The only debate between then-challenger Ronald Reagan and incumbent President Jimmy Carter prior to the 1980 presidential election produced one of the lines for which President Reagan is still remembered. “There you go again,” he said to Carter (before explaining that Carter’s promotion of national health insurance misrepresented Reagan’s position... Read More...
State Supreme Court sets stage for showdown with lawmakers The word “showdown” conjures up images of the Old West, when one person would challenge another person to step out into the street to settle a disagreement. Recently the state Supreme Court set the stage for a constitutional showdown by doing something we’ve never seen: imposing a $100,000-per-day fine on... Read More...
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