Senate committee chair offers new version of Corrections reform bill OLYMPIA – A new version of this year’s Department of Corrections reform bill will be heard in the Senate Law and Justice Committee Tuesday, as Chair Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, seeks middle ground on one of the session’s biggest issues. The new version of Senate Bill 5294, sponsored by Padden,... Read More...
Freedom on trial at The Evergreen State College The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, June 8, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Waiting for a session-ending breakthrough Dear friends and neighbors, Right now the Legislature is waiting for House and Senate negotiators work to reach a final agreement on a... Read More...
Padden: Counties’ campaign is about taxes, not public safety The following op-ed appeared in The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, June 4, 2017. By Sen. Mike Padden Special to The Spokesman-Review In the final weeks of the 2017 legislative session, we’ve been hearing wild claims about the Senate’s no-new-taxes budget proposal; you might get the idea the sky is falling. The argument... Read More...
Victory at last for felony DUI bill The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, May 18, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, At long last, our effort to make the 4th DUI a felony in the state of Washington has cleared the final hurdle... Read More...
Padden bill making 4th DUI a felony is signed into law OLYMPIA – A bill making the 4th DUI a felony in the state of Washington was signed into law Tuesday following more than four years of work by lawmakers to toughen laws against impaired driving. Senate Bill 5037, sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, sends impaired drivers to prison... Read More...
Connecticut crisis offers lesson for Washington  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, May 11, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, We have reached the midway point of our 30-day overtime session in Olympia, and to all outward appearances it might not look... Read More...
Padden bill cracking down on retail theft is signed into law OLYMPIA – A bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden that toughens penalties for retail theft was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee. Senate Bill 5635 makes it easier for prosecutors to seek longer sentences for retail-theft crimes, by expanding the application of “special circumstances” sentence enhancements. Padden, R-Spokane... Read More...
Raising the stakes on Corrections, Hirst fix The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, May 3, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here.    Dear friends and neighbors, The first important action of our special session took place Tuesday as the full House and Senate convened and started taking action on... Read More...
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