Sen. Padden on KQNT: DUI legislation advances In this interview with KQNT radio Feb. 14, Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, discusses his DUI “look-back” legislation, which would allow courts to consider convictions within the last 25 years in determining sentences. Current state law permits only a 10-year look-back. Read More...
Surviving the ‘blizzard’ in Western Washington The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Feb. 14, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. The weather outside is frightful Dear Friends and Neighbors, What has 1.5 million legs and skids? Seattle, of course, whenever it snows. The Puget Sound area shared in... Read More...
A new effort to strengthen the state’s DUI laws The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Feb. 7, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear Friends and Neighbors, One of the most frustrating things about DUI fatalities is that often we find the impaired driver has been charged and even convicted multiple... Read More...
Lawmakers to vote Thursday on longer “look-backs” for DUIs OLYMPIA – Two bills that would extend “look-back” provisions in current DUI laws are heading for a vote Thursday in the Senate Law and Justice Committee. The bills would allow courts to consider previous DUI convictions over a longer period of time – as long as 25 years under SB... Read More...
A bad-hair day for the Legislature and other tales from the Capitol The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Jan. 31, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. First bill of the year clears the Senate, torrent to come later Dear Friends and Neighbors, On Wednesday, the Washington Senate passed the first bill of the session,... Read More...
Legislature finally fixes I-940, and does it right OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature sent its first bill of the year to the governor’s desk Wednesday, fixing a police-deadly-force initiative approved by voters last fall – and this time it did it without breaking the law. HB 1064, approved by the state House last week and by the Senate... Read More...
Legislature off and running – Initiative fix is top priority  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Jan. 24, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Legislature off and running – Initiative fix is top priority Dear Friends and Neighbors, Our 2019 legislative session is off and running. During our first week, we witnessed... Read More...
Hang onto your wallets — the Legislature is back in town  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Jan. 14, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Big tax increases the issue as the 2019 session begins Dear friends and neighbors, As the Legislature launches its 2019 session today, you might be tempted to hum... Read More...