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Thank you for visiting my website. Here you will find information about the 4th Legislative District, my committee assignments, my legislative priorities and bills I have introduced in the Legislature.

You’ll learn about my top priorities, including ongoing efforts to crack down on impaired driving and reduce the incidence of property crime, a major issue for our area.

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Alarm bells still ringing at Department of Corrections
Alarm bells still ringing at Department of Corrections
More than five years ago I stood at a podium before a room full of reporters to announce the findings of a detailed Senate investigation into systematic failures at the Department of Corrections, and what could be done to fix them. A lot can change in 5 years, but apparently...
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Senate report sounds alarm about effort to empty prisons, return felons to the street
Senate report sounds alarm about effort to empty prisons, return felons to the street
With goal of ‘reducing incarceration,’ governor and Legislature create new public safety risks To read report, click here. OLYMPIA – As if new restrictions on law enforcement weren’t enough, an effort by Washington lawmakers to empty prison cells and return convicted felons to the street is creating new public safety...
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State official’s comparison of state legislators to Taliban is ‘hateful,’ Padden says
State official’s comparison of state legislators to Taliban is ‘hateful,’ Padden says
Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, responded this afternoon to remarks made by the state insurance commissioner, in which he declared Republican state legislators in Texas “have become America’s own version of the Taliban” after a new law effectively banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected went into effect...
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Inslee’s extreme actions demand stronger, historic response from legislative branch, Freedom Caucus members say
Inslee’s extreme actions demand stronger, historic response from legislative branch, Freedom Caucus members say
OLYMPIA… Since Gov. Jay Inslee announced renewed masking requirements and vaccination mandates, legislative offices have been flooded with messages in strong opposition. The Freedom Caucus is backing a resolution for a historic legislative special session that would cover key policy areas being voiced by their constituents: Public safety; Emergency-powers reform;...
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