Padden school-safety bill signed into law Senate Bill 5514 is signed into law Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee. Left to right, Tim Hunt, director of communications and outreach for the Washington State Catholic Conference, Suzie Hanson, executive director of the Washington Federation of Independent Schools, Catholic Conference government affairs representative Luke Esser, Padden session aide John... Read More...
Padden human-trafficking bill becomes law Measure will aid prosecution of crimes against children At Friday’s bill signing, Gov. Jay Inslee is joined by Padden session intern Dagny Ahrend, Padden session aide John Jourdan, Russ Brown, executive director of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Tim Heffer and wife Meg, representing Shared Hope International, and Sen.... Read More...
Saving the worst for last in Olympia The following newsletters was sent to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers on April 18, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Saving the worst for last in the Washington Legislature Big tax increases, controversial measures await action in the next 10 days Dear Friends and Neighbors, We’re in the... Read More...
Senate passes DUI bill, extends ‘look-back’ in sentencing OLYMPIA – The state Senate Wednesday passed a bill that would extend the ‘look-back’ in DUI cases, allowing courts to consider convictions over the last 15 years during sentencing. The bill now returns to the House for concurrence on amendments. House Bill 1504 would allow more repeat offenders to be... Read More...
New Government Guide issued in 4th Legislative District OLYMPIA — A new government guide has been issued for the 4th Legislative District, and is available through the office of Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley. The guide contains contact information for government agencies and service providers in the Spokane Valley and Spokane County. Copies will be mailed throughout the... Read More...
Every now and again, a good idea succeeds at the statehouse The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers April 11, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. To see debate on Senate floor amendment regarding heroin injection sites, click here. A few pleasant statehouse surprises as Legislature works toward the finish Not everything in Olympia is gloom... Read More...
Padden human-trafficking bill goes to governor Measure will improve prosecution of crimes against children OLYMPIA – A bill making it easier to prosecute human trafficking crimes against children was approved by the Washington State House Wednesday and sent to the governor’s office to be signed into law. Senate Bill 5885, sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane... Read More...
Ready for a state income tax? The debate is on Sex-ed, vaccines and honors for Edgar Martinez The following newsletter was distributed to Sen. Padden’s subscribers April 4, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Of budgets and blossoms, and a taxing argument we can do without Democratic budget proposals set up debate over an income tax Dear... Read More...
A gusher of money, and still it’s not enough As state coffers overflow with cash, Legislature considers tax increases The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 28, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear Friends and Neighbors, This week our legislative session enters the home stretch. What’s clear is that the debate of the... Read More...