Padden to hold telephone town-hall meeting with 4th District residents

Hour-long community event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15

Mike PaddenState Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, is inviting residents of the 4th Legislative District to participate in a telephone town-hall meeting Wednesday, Feb. 15. The live community forum regarding the 2012 legislative session and issues that directly impact eastern Washington residents will take place from 7 to 8 p.m.

While many 4th District residents can expect an invitational phone call from Padden a few minutes prior to the telephone town-hall, those who do not may also participate from the comfort of their own homes by dialing 1-877-229-8493 and entering the code 19371.

Padden will update listeners on progress toward rebalancing the state budget, and how bills he’s sponsoring are moving through the legislative process, as well as answer their questions and discuss a wide variety of topics related to the 2012 session. Participants may listen in on part or all of the conversation, whether or not they ask questions; they also may take part in instant polls.

“I am excited to use this convenient and effective technology to connect directly with as many people of the Fourth District as possible,” said Padden, “It is a great way for me to hear their views, concerns, and ideas for improving the way Olympia does business.”

Padden represents the 4th District, an area stretching from Spokane Valley to the northeast edge of Spokane County, including Liberty Lake, Millwood, Peone Prairie, Mead, Colbert, Chattaroy and Elk. He is a member of the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee, the

Judiciary Committee, and the Senate budget-writing committee – Ways and Means.