February 08, 2024

ALERT – Property taxes could rise under bad bill moving in Senate

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers February 8, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, A few weeks ago, I mentioned that Senate Democrats are considering a bill this session that could dramatically raise your property taxes if enacted. Unfortunately,...
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February 07, 2024

Senators denounce bill to raise property taxes – vote expected Thursday

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate is poised to approve a bill Thursday that would allow the annual growth in property taxes to triple, flouting the will of Washington voters who approved a cap on property taxes in 2001. Republican senators say they plan to raise stiff opposition when the bill...
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February 07, 2024

Senate passes second Padden bill removing red tape from construction of smaller condominiums

A year ago, the Legislature unanimously approved a bill from 4th District Sen. Mike Padden that helps encourage home ownership in Washington by making it easier to construct smaller condominium buildings. A similar condo-construction measure introduced by Padden is advancing this year following passage today by the Senate on a...
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February 01, 2024

For fourth straight year, Senate passes Padden bill to combat impaired driving

With traffic deaths in Washington reaching their highest point in over 30 years, the Senate today again approved an anti-impaired driving bill sponsored by 4th District Sen. Mike Padden. It is the fourth straight year the Senate has passed such a measure. Senate Bill 5032, which was passed 43-5, would...
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February 01, 2024

Democrats refusing to act on six voter initiatives sent to Legislature

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers February 1, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, It is looking more and more likely that the six initiatives now before the Legislature will wind up going before Washington voters this November. In...
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January 30, 2024

Panel passes Padden pollinator proposal

Legislation requested by a Mount Spokane High School student to help bees and other pollinators is buzzing through the Senate this year. The Senate Local Government, Land Use and Tribal Affairs Committee today approved Senate Bill 5934, a bipartisan measure introduced by 4th District Sen. Mike Padden that aims to promote...
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January 26, 2024

Senate committee passes another Padden bill removing red tape from construction of smaller condominiums

In 2023 the Legislature unanimously approved a bill from 4th District Sen. Mike Padden that helps encourage home ownership in Washington by making it easier for smaller condominium buildings to be constructed. During this year’s legislative session, Padden has introduced a similar condo-construction proposal. The bipartisan measure was approved yesterday...
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January 25, 2024

Bipartisan bill to ‘ditch the switch’ in Washington receives Senate hearing

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers January 25, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, If there is one issue most people agree on, it’s the dislike of moving their clocks from standard time to daylight saving time in the...
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January 22, 2024

Senate committee passes Padden bill to reduce impaired driving

A bill from 4th District Sen. Mike Padden that aims to reduce impaired driving on Washington’s roads and highways is advancing through the Senate. Senate Bill 5791 was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee this past Thursday. The proposal would require the Washington State Patrol to establish a pilot program...
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