March 10, 2015

Senate unanimously passes Padden bill to simplify collection of forensic samples

On Monday the Senate unanimously approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden aimed at making it easier for law enforcement to obtain blood samples for forensic testing in criminal investigations – especially those concerning DUI offenses. “In some jurisdictions there is up to a five-hour delay in acquiring an...
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March 03, 2015

Report from Olympia — March 3, 2015

No man is an island, and no Senator can fully serve the people of his district without a great staff. We are fortunate to have a tremendous team serving the Fourth District in the state Senate. Pictured above, my Legislative Assistant Mike McCliment, Intern Tyler Sherwin and Session Aide Esther...
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March 02, 2015

Senate approves Padden bill to increase judicial independence

Today the Senate approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden aimed at increasing the independence of the state’s administrative-law judges by limiting the ability of state-agency heads to add undue pressure or retribution during administrative hearings. “I was a district court judge for 12 years,” said Padden, who chairs...
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February 27, 2015

Senate budget committee backs Padden’s felony-DUI bill

Sen. Mike Padden’s bill to make a fourth DUI conviction in 10 years a felony is one step closer to Senate passage, after receiving a “do-pass” recommendation from the Senate’s Ways and Means committee today. “We heard from the family of Russell Bartlett, a wonderful man who volunteered at hospices,...
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February 16, 2015

Fourth District lawmakers to host telephone town hall Feb. 24

Fourth Legislative District residents are encouraged to participate in an upcoming telephone town hall hosted by their legislators: Sen. Mike Padden and Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin. The hour-long community conversation will take place Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. On the evening of the telephone town hall, participants...
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January 22, 2015

Victims of revenge porn could seek civil liability under Orwall and Padden bills

A couple of bills introduced in the Washington State House and Senate could give victims of revenge porn some restitution by making a person civilly liable for distributing intimate images of another intentionally and without consent. Revenge porn is the online posting of explicit images of people without their permission....
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