Senate Law and Justice Committee to meet Wednesday in Burien
Members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee will assemble Wednesday afternoon to discuss a trio of subjects and have public hearings on three nominations to the state Sentencing Guidelines Commission. The committee meeting is to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the state Criminal Justice Training Commission at 19010 1st...
Sullivan Road bridge replacement gets green light with Padden’s help
Sen. Mike Padden was on hand at Tuesday evening’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting for an announcement made possible by his efforts: the city’s plan to replace the southbound Sullivan Road bridge span can move forward to the contract-bidding stage. Padden, R-Spokane Valley, had learned several days earlier that should...
Governor signs Padden’s comprehensive anti-DUI bill
Today Sen. Mike Padden’s drive to strengthen state laws against driving under the influence reached its final milestone for the year. Gov. Jay Inslee this morning signed the comprehensive anti-DUI bill Padden had introduced – legislation that had won unanimous support from the House of Representatives three weeks ago, on...
Padden reflects on the 2013 legislative sessions
With the end of the 2013 regular and two special sessions now in the rear-view mirror, Senator Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, talks about the wins of the Majority Coalition Caucus and how their dynamic will further improve state government in 2014..
House agrees with Senate: Padden’s DUI bill should become law
Sen. Mike Padden is grateful that the DUI-related legislation he introduced is on its way to becoming law, following a unanimous vote today in the state House of Representatives. The state Senate had given Senate Bill 5912 its unanimous support Wednesday. “This represents the most comprehensive set of changes in...
Sen. Padden talks about his DUI legislation
Washington State Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, discusses the passage of his DUI legislation that he says contains an effective blend of compassion and consequences at a cost that fits within the constraints of the new budget that will take effect Monday.
Senate unanimously approves Padden’s DUI legislation
The Senate today gave its unanimous endorsement to legislation proposed by Sen. Mike Padden that would do more to keep people from driving under the influence on Washington roads. Padden, R-Spokane Valley, hopes the House of Representatives will act on Senate Bill 5912 while its members are waiting to formally...
Senate budget committee backs Padden’s DUI legislation
Major changes to the state’s DUI laws are one step closer to a vote by the full Senate. This afternoon the Senate Ways and Means Committee endorsed legislation from Sen. Mike Padden to help keep drunk drivers off the road while those who keep racking up DUI arrests would head...
Padden remembers his late friend and colleague, Sen. Mike Carrell
Sen. Mike Padden offered this statement today after receiving word that Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, died late this morning at a Seattle hospital from complications related to treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, which had been diagnosed earlier this year. “From the start of his service as a legislator in...