January 15, 2015

Report from Olympia — Jan. 15, 2015

The 2015 session began with a bang of the gavel as members were sworn in. The Legislature will have a Republican majority in the Senate and a Democrat majority in the House of Representatives this session. Given this reality, lawmakers will undoubtedly need to work together to achieve solutions on...
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December 30, 2014

Report from Olympia — Dec. 30, 2014

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, and that you are enjoying this holiday season. In two short weeks, the 64th Legislature will convene. The 2015 session is a budget year, meaning it is scheduled for 105 days (opposed to 60 days in...
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December 10, 2014

Padden chair Law and Justice Committee, and vice chairman of new Accountability & Reform Committee

Members of the Majority Coalition Caucus have announced that Spokane Valley Sen. Mike Padden will continue to serve as chairman of the Law and Justice Committee, which deals with civil and criminal law and will assume responsibility for corrections issues. “In the last two years, the Senate Law and Justice...
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December 04, 2014

Report from Olympia — Dec. 4, 2014

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This interim (the time between legislative sessions) has been very busy. We have made major strides in bringing attention to issues ranging from impaired driving and the need to increase public safety to human trafficking, the separation of powers and open government. Please keep reading for...
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November 20, 2014

Report from Olympia — Nov. 20, 2014

Dear Friends and Neighbors, People who want to provide testimony to legislative committees must either send something in writing, or make the long trip to Olympia and speak in person. Tomorrow morning our Senate Law and Justice Committee will conduct the first real demonstration of what I hope will become...
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November 18, 2014

Friday to bring first for Senate committee: allowing remote testimony

This Friday the Senate Law and Justice Committee will make history by letting three people offer testimony without having to travel to the Capitol. Sen. Mike Padden, committee chair, said the 8 a.m. work session will offer the first real test of videoconferencing technology he hopes to use more during...
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November 05, 2014

Report from Olympia — Nov. 5, 2014

Dear Friends and Neighbors, It was almost exactly a year ago that I first invited people from our legislative district to join me, over coffee, and talk about issues of concern to them. Those meetings in mid-November 2013 were in Greenacres and Liberty Lake; the response was so positive that...
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October 29, 2014

Sen. Padden to remember Rep. Roger Freeman for his courage

Sen. Mike Padden said he will remember state Rep. Roger Freeman for the courage he showed in being an outspoken defender of life and battling the cancer that claimed the first-term Democratic lawmaker’s life earlier today. Freeman, of Federal Way, was 48. “He was an outstanding person with such a...
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October 27, 2014

Let’s sit down and talk — on November 12!

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