Padden backs measure aimed at protecting religious freedom Sen. Mike Padden, a sponsor of the Religious Freedom Protection Act, said he’s supporting the measure because it would extend the state’s anti-discrimination laws in a way that should protect practitioners of any religion from discrimination. “State government has no business forcing someone to violate his or her deeply-held religious... Read More...
Sen. Padden talks about autopsies bill, DUI legislation Washington State’s 4th District Senator, Mike Padden, Chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, talks about the successful passage of his bill dealing with autopsies, as well as the future for his comprehensive bill dealing with DUI penalties in Washington State. Read More...
Padden bill on autopsy findings receives final legislative approval The Legislature has wrapped up its work on Senate Bill 5256, Sen. Mike Padden’s bill to make it clear that coroners and medical examiners may speak openly when talking about a death that occurs in connection with a law-enforcement action or inside a correctional facility. “For whatever reason – maybe... Read More...
Padden optimistic about DUI bills but knows time to act is short Rather than count votes, as he typically might when trying to move a bill through the lawmaking process, Sen. Mike Padden is counting days – as in how much time is left for the passage of bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing the number of repeat DUI offenders. “The calendar is... Read More...
Padden bills about boating safety, autopsies win House support Wednesday was the final day for the Senate and House of Representatives to act on each other’s legislation, and it brought approval from the House for two more of Sen. Mike Padden’s bills. Senate Bill 5437 would align Washington boating law with the state’s motor-vehicle law when it comes to... Read More...
Padden’s anti-trafficking legislation on its way to becoming law Sen. Mike Padden’s comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation is headed for a place in Washington state law. This afternoon the House of Representatives gave its unanimous support to Senate Bill 5669, as the Senate had done last month, which completes the Legislature’s work on the measure. “This is one of the most... Read More...
Padden opts against supporting Senate budget While the operating budget adopted by the Senate this evening has much to recommend it, Sen. Mike Padden said, it also makes some allocations that the Spokane Valley Republican ultimately could not support. “I appreciate many things about this budget – especially the fact that it wouldn’t raise taxes and... Read More...
Senate OKs Padden bills on construction costs, community custody With only about 48 hours until its next deadline for voting on legislation the state Senate spent Monday afternoon and evening moving dozens of bills forward, including a diverse pair of measures introduced by Sen. Mike Padden. One would save money when it comes to housing construction while the second... Read More...
Padden’s boating-safety measure sails through Senate The Senate today gave its unanimous support this evening to Sen. Mike Padden’s bill to align Washington boating law with the state’s motor-vehicle law when it comes to driving under the influence. “Alcohol consumption is the leading contributor to boating accidents in Washington,” said Padden, R-Spokane Valley. “There is no... Read More...