Senate continues to expand public access through remote testimony Update to leaders notes significant progress; House fails to offer report Since 2014, Senators Mike Padden and Sharon Brown have led an effort to increase the opportunities for public participation in the legislative process. The two recently requested an update from Senate and House administrators on progress to enable testimony... Read More...
Barker Road project wins Senate nod as regular session nears end The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, April 13, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, As adjournment of our regular session draws near, major differences remain between the House and Senate over the state’s operating budget, and... Read More...
A tough loss for the Zags, a triumph of character The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, April 6, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, Most of us – if not all – were disappointed Monday night when the Gonzaga Bulldogs narrowly lost to North Carolina for... Read More...
DUI, Corrections reform bills survive key votes The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, March 30, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, During these final weeks of our regular legislative session, House and Senate committees have been busy. House policy committees had until Wednesday to... Read More...
Senate Law and Justice Committee to hold work session on Oso mudslide OLYMPIA — The Senate Law and Justice Committee will hold a work session Tuesday, March 28, on litigation concerning the 2014 Oso mudslide disaster. The state attorney general’s office is scheduled to make a presentation during the 10 a.m. Law and Justice meeting regarding lawsuits and settlements in the case.... Read More...
Budget debate will dominate session’s final month  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, March 23, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, We’ve begun the final month of our regular session, when the budget becomes the top issue for the Washington Legislature. During the... Read More...
DUI bills get hearings Monday, Tuesday Human trafficking, sovereign immunity measures also on tap OLYMPIA – Two important DUI bills get hearings this week as the Legislature enters the 11th week of its 15-week regular legislative session. A measure making the 4th DUI a felony in Washington state will be heard in the House Public Safety... Read More...
Committee questions State Patrol on immigration, freeway protest  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, March 16, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, Now that bill-passage deadlines in the Senate and House have passed, we finally have a chance to catch our breath and discuss broader public-policy... Read More...
Unanimous vote to correct corrections  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, March 9, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, Last year we saw huge controversy when an investigation of the Department of Corrections was launched by the Senate Law and Justice Committee, which... Read More...
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