February 07, 2014

LISTEN: Sen. Padden on the Parental Notification bill

Washington State’s 4th District Senator Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, talks about Senate Bill 5156 – which has been approved by the Senate Committee on Health Care – that would require parents of underage girls be notified if the girls request abortions.
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February 05, 2014

Padden’s committee approves parental-notification bill

Sen. Mike Padden was among a majority of Senate Law and Justice Committee members who today endorsed legislation to require that an underage girl’s parent or guardian is notified before she can have an abortion. Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said the vote on Senate Bill 5156 completes the work he and...
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January 27, 2014

IN THE NEWS: Sen. Padden questions state Supreme Court’s education mandate

As published here Jan. 24, 2014 in the Tacoma News Tribune Court dictates school funding? What’s next? By MIKE PADDEN, MATT MANWELLER AND TERRY NEALEY There is a clear principle outlined in the Washington Constitution, based on our federal model, called the separation of powers. This is the system of checks...
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January 22, 2014

Gun-rights initiatives to receive public hearing Jan. 29

Sen. Mike Padden will devote the Senate Law and Justice Committee’s Jan. 29 meeting to public hearings on the two gun-rights initiatives before the Legislature. His panel will begin taking testimony about Initiative 591 and Initiative 594 at 1:30 p.m. that day in Senate Hearing Room 1. Padden, R-Spokane Valley,...
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January 21, 2014

LISTEN: Sen. Padden on the 2014 March for Life

Washington State’s 4th District Senator Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, talks about the 2014 March for Life held annually on the steps of the state capitol building, as well as the effort in recent sessions to pass a bill mandating that insurance companies that provide maternity coverage also provide abortion coverage.
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January 20, 2014

Padden continues work to clamp down on repeat DUI offenders

Of the 45 states that allow felony charges for those accused of driving under the influence, none is more lenient than Washington; Sen. Mike Padden’s effort to change that dangerous distinction received strong support during a Senate committee hearing today. Padden, architect of the sweeping anti-DUI legislation Washington lawmakers adopted...
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January 15, 2014

Padden adds two area residents to legislative team for 2014 session

Two Spokane-area residents are working at the Capitol during the 2014 legislative session as members of Sen. Mike Padden’s legislative team. Daniel Zapotocky is Padden’s aide for this year’s session; as a Gonzaga University student he had served an internship with another Eastern Washington senator in 2012. Daniel Condon, an...
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November 20, 2013

Padden named Legislator of the Year by MADD

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has named Sen. Mike Padden “Legislator of the Year” in recognition of his recent drive to strengthen state laws against driving under the influence. “The improvements the Legislature made this year by passing my bill were a long time coming,” said Padden, R-Spokane Valley, who as...
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November 12, 2013

Washington earns ‘A’ grade for latest efforts to battle sex-trafficking

A Vancouver-based organization at the forefront of global efforts to eradicate sex-trafficking has given Washington’s Legislature its highest marks. Shared Hope International today announced Washington now rates an “A” grade in light of stronger anti-trafficking laws created by the Legislature earlier this year. That’s one step up from the state’s...
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