Judges weigh in on controversies The Legislature is now deep into its interim – the period between legislative sessions, when activities at the Capitol slow considerably and lawmakers spend the majority of their time back in their home districts… While the pace of our state’s legislative branch has slowed for now, the judiciary branch –... Read More...
Citizens strike back This continues to be one of the busier interims (the months between legislative sessions) we have seen in recent years. Court cases continue to be big news, with the public challenging the way the majority in Olympia addressed raiding the state’s rainy day fund, properly enacting initiatives, funding local transportation... Read More...
Victory in case to protect your right of initiative Our legislative session is over, but we are still dealing with its aftermath. One of the most troubling things we saw this year was the new majority’s disregard for the rules and procedures laid out by the state constitution. I was among the parties to a lawsuit challenging the Legislature’s... Read More...
Public-safety bills becoming laws A week ago I traveled to Olympia for the signing of two bills I sponsored. One bill concerned the use of body cameras for law enforcement and the other dealt with pretrial release conditions that trial court judges may impose. There are additional details about both bills later in this... Read More...
YOUR RIGHT OF INITIATIVE IS UNDER ATTACK! The people’s right to pass initiatives is guaranteed by the state constitution. But this right is under attack in the Legislature. In this video I explain the threat and what we are doing about it. As seen on Facebook Read More...
Governor signs Padden bills on police body cameras, public safety Measures would clarify rules on body-cam use and restore judges’ ability to protect the public from drunk drivers and other potentially dangerous offenders awaiting trial Today Sen. Mike Padden joined the governor, members of law enforcement and concerned citizens at a ceremony at the Capitol where two of his public-safety... Read More...
Back in the Valley again The 2018 legislative session is over. The 60-day session ended on time and with the most bills (317) passed since 2008. Of course, as you know, quantity does not always equal quality, and that was certainly not the case this year. If I could sum up this session in one... Read More...
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