Senate passes felony DUI bill — for the 6th time  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, March 2, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, The action in the Legislature has moved to the House and Senate floors. We face a March 8 deadline to pass most of the... Read More...
Padden bill protects property rights, curbs eminent domain abuse OLYMPIA – A bill prohibiting local governments from taking private property for economic development purposes cleared the Senate Tuesday night, aimed at preventing a practice permitted by state law that has frustrated property owners statewide. Senate Bill 5445, sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, restricts the use of eminent... Read More...
Corrections reform, other issues top Law & Justice agenda  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Feb. 23, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, We’re at the point of our legislative session when the action begins to move to the Senate floor. There are still a few bills... Read More...
Senate votes to make 4th DUI a felony – for 6th time OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate voted 41-0 Thursday morning to make the fourth DUI a felony in Washington state, marking the sixth time the Senate has given such a measure a unanimous vote since 2015. The previous five times, House leaders have declined to bring the measure to the House... Read More...
The pace quickens The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Feb. 16, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, We’re at the point of the legislative session when the pace starts to quicken. On Friday we face a deadline for the passage of... Read More...
Longer sentences for habitual property offenders approved by Senate committee OLYMPIA – A bill allowing longer sentences for habitual property offenders cleared the Senate Law and Justice Committee Thursday, giving prosecutors tools to crack down on rising burglaries, thefts and similar crimes. Senate Bill 5703, sponsored by committee chair Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, allows sentences to be extended by up... Read More...
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