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...
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...
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