March 08, 2023

For third consecutive year, Senate passes Padden bill to combat impaired driving

Following a 20-year high in traffic deaths in Washington, the Senate today again approved an anti-impaired driving bill sponsored by 4th District Sen. Mike Padden. Senate Bill 5032, which was passed 48-1, would expand the period for reviewing prior convictions of impaired driving to 15 years, from the 10 years...
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March 04, 2023

Padden statement on Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 5536

The Senate last night voted 28-21 to pass Senate Bill 5536, which aims to provide a long-term solution to the state’s drug laws after the state Supreme Court overturned the state’s drug-possession law in 2021. The bill declares that possession of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine would be charged as...
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March 03, 2023

Bill that threatens parents’ rights approved by Senate

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 3, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. The Legislature is halfway through its 2023 session. This is Day 54, and Washington’s constitution allows our “long” session to run for no more than 105 days. On Monday,...
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March 02, 2023

Senate passes Padden bill to benefit employee stock ownership plans

The Senate today unanimously passed Senate Bill 5096, a bipartisan proposal introduced by 4th District Sen. Mike Padden that would aid businesses looking to adopt an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) corporate structure. During his floor speech on SB 5096, Padden mentioned the many benefits to employee ownership. “This bill...
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February 27, 2023

Senate passes Padden bill raising penalty for custodial sexual misconduct

The Senate today voted 48-0 to pass a bipartisan bill that aims to impose longer sentences on sexually abusive jail and prison guards. Senate Bill 5033 would reclassify the crime of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct as a Class B felony, allowing a prison term of 10 years instead of the...
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February 22, 2023

Bills in Senate, House would force people to obtain permit to buy a gun, mandate safety class. Appears unconstitutional.

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers Feb. 22, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, This year’s legislative session is reaching a key transition point. During the previous six weeks, the Senate devoted much of its time to committee meetings...
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February 17, 2023

Opposing bill to make assisted suicide easier

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers Feb. 17, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. In 2008, Washington voters approved Initiative 1000, which established the so-called “Death with Dignity Act.” Opponents call it “Assisted Suicide Expansion.”  Efforts have been made the last two years...
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February 15, 2023

Senate unanimously passes Padden bill to remove red tape from construction of smaller condominiums

The Senate today unanimously approved a bill from 4th District Sen. Mike Padden that would help encourage home ownership in Washington by making it easier for smaller condominium buildings to be constructed. Senate Bill 5058 would exempt buildings with 12 or fewer units that are no more than two stories high...
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February 09, 2023

Senate Democrats choose to ‘study’ police pursuit issue instead of fixing it

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers Feb. 9, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. One of the key issues needing legislative action during this year’s session is public safety. In recent years, Washington has seen a disturbing increase in crime, some of it...
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