Report from Olympia

Special session looms as Legislature fails to complete its work  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, 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... Read More...
Barker Road project wins Senate nod as regular session nears end The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, 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... Read More...
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...
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