April 13, 2017

Barker Road project wins Senate nod as regular session nears end

The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, April 13, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, As adjournment of our regular session draws near, major differences remain between the House and Senate over the state’s operating budget, and...
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April 07, 2017

Legislature votes to end trafficking defense – ‘I didn’t know how old she was’

Padden crimes-against-minors bill heads to governor’s desk OLYMPIA – Washington lawmakers Thursday passed a bill eliminating a line of defense in human trafficking prosecutions: “I didn’t know how old she was.” Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said his crimes-against-minors bill makes it easier for prosecutors to seek longer sentences when...
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April 06, 2017

A tough loss for the Zags, a triumph of character

The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, April 6, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, Most of us – if not all – were disappointed Monday night when the Gonzaga Bulldogs narrowly lost to North Carolina for...
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March 30, 2017

DUI, Corrections reform bills survive key votes

The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, March 30, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, During these final weeks of our regular legislative session, House and Senate committees have been busy. House policy committees had until Wednesday to...
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March 27, 2017

Senate Law and Justice Committee to hold work session on Oso mudslide

OLYMPIA — The Senate Law and Justice Committee will hold a work session Tuesday, March 28, on litigation concerning the 2014 Oso mudslide disaster. The state attorney general’s office is scheduled to make a presentation during the 10 a.m. Law and Justice meeting regarding lawsuits and settlements in the case....
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March 23, 2017

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...
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March 20, 2017

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...
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March 16, 2017

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...
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March 09, 2017

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...
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