Legislature votes to make 4th DUI a felony Senate passes bill six times – House votes after Renton man arrested for 11th DUI OLYMPIA – The state House approved a bill Thursday night that makes the 4th DUI a felony in Washington state, sending the bill to the governor’s desk after two long years of effort. The Senate... Read More...
Special session looms as Legislature fails to complete its work  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, April 20, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here.   Dear friends and neighbors, This is the last week of our regular session in Olympia – but our work is far from over. Our regular... Read More...
Senate pays tribute to late Spokane jurist Sam Cozza Final bill advocated by Judge Cozza signed into law Monday   OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate paid tribute Tuesday to the late Judge Salvatore “Sam” Cozza, former presiding judge of the Spokane County Superior Court, with a resolution honoring his life and legacy. Cozza, a leading figure in the state’s... Read More...
Padden bill cracking down on retail theft clears Legislature OLYMPIA – A bill making it easier for prosecutors to crack down on retail theft won final passage in the Senate Monday, sending the measure to the governor’s desk. The 47-1 vote in the Senate on Senate Bill 5635 caps a session-long effort by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, to... Read More...
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...
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