2.4 billion more reasons to cut taxes On Thursday we received an updated revenue forecast, and projected revenue is much higher than expected – to the point that many described it as “raining money in Olympia.” When the numbers are all added up, budget writers now expect (over the next three years) to have more than $2.4... Read More...
Emma Bowman serves as page for Sen. Padden Emma Bowman, a freshman at West Valley High School, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Emma was one of 21 students who served as Senate pages for the fifth week of the 2018 legislative session. She was sponsored by... Read More...
Padden school-safety bill passes Senate Today the Senate voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 6410, concerning school safety. Under the measure, sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, first-responders would be required to notify both public and private schools during any situation in their vicinity that would warrant an evacuation or lockdown. The bill would also create... Read More...
Bills – good and bad – flying off the floor Week five was spent on the Senate floor voting on bills previously approved by their assigned committees. Below I highlight several good bills that are still in play, so please keep reading. Tomorrow is the final day for us to consider “house of origin” bills; in other words, it’s the... Read More...
Padden bill on police body cameras wins Senate vote, goes to House Today the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 6408, aimed at clarifying the rules surrounding the use of police body cameras. The measure is sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley. Legislation approved in 2016 established public-disclosure and other requirements relating to body-worn camera recordings and created the Joint Legislative Task... Read More...
Padden school-safety bill clears committee deadline The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously late Tuesday to advance Senate Bill 6410, concerning school safety. Under the measure, sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, first responders would be required to notify both public and private schools during any situation in their vicinity that would warrant an evacuation or... Read More...
Senator Mike Padden honors the 107th birthday of Ronald Reagan Today would have been the 107th birthday of Ronald Reagan. JIM VALLEY TALKED TO ONE REPUBLICAN SENATOR WHO HONORED THE 40TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AT THE STATE CAPITOL IN OLYMPIA. Ronald Reagan was born February 6, 1911. In a speech on the Senate floor, Republican Senator Mike Padden from... Read More...
Survivor Olympia: Cut off deadline for policy bills The 2018 Legislature has completed its fourth week; there are five weeks to go. On Friday we reached an important deadline for bills to pass policy (non-fiscal) committees if they are to move forward. I continue to be concerned about the new Senate majority’s focus on passing controversial bills that... Read More...
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...
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