Stories tagged: Mike Padden
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:17 p.m.
Confirmation of state prison director stalled as Inslee, Padden disagree over prison oversight
Confirmation of the new head of the Department of Corrections was stalled Tuesday in a disagreement over independent oversight of the agency between Gov. Jay Inslee and the Spokane Valley …
UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
Paid family and medical leave fast tracked through Legislature
Historic paid family and medical leave bill moved quickly through the Legislature with much emotion, much less fanfare.
UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 12:04 a.m.
Community colleges’ computer system costs mount, schedule delayed
Community colleges’ computer system stalled by bankruptcy and lawsuit, could be $15 million over budget, special joint Senate hearing told.
Tue., May 16, 2017, 11:08 p.m.
Washington to drivers: Put the cellphone down, don’t risk fourth DUI
New Washington laws increase penalty for drivers using a smartphone or driving under the influence.
UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
Padden, Ferguson at odds over immigration advice
Sen. Mike Padden, Attorney General Bob Ferguson spar over how cities and counties should respond to federal requests for help with immigration enforcement.
UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Inslee taps longtime employee to head Washington Corrections Department
Department of Corrections employee who rose through the ranks is named to lead it.
UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Fourth DUI could soon be a felony in Washington
Sen. Mike Padden’s bill to tighten state DUI laws finally passes Legislature
UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 11:08 p.m.
Washington Senate honors the late Spokane County Judge Sam Cozza
Senate resolution honors late Judge Sam Cozza.
UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 9:27 p.m.
Whereas, the Washington Senate believes the Zags are awesome
The Washington Senate adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, saying it “fully supports the Gonzaga Bulldogs in their game on Saturday and will be cheering for a …
Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
Senate votes to end Washington’s wholesale auto dealer license to avoid fraud
OLYMPIA – A special type of auto dealers license that state officials say can be used for illegal activity would be phased out by mid 2019 under a bill that …
UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 9:57 p.m.
Washington House considers tougher DUI law, new way to get blood samples from drivers
House considers a bill to toughen the DUI law and another to make it easier for law enforcement to get drug samples from drivers suspected of being under the influence …
UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 5:42 p.m.
Pot billboards can’t appeal to children, Washington Senate says
Senate approves restrictions on marijuana billboards.
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
Does keeping Washington income tax-free help attract top athletes? Sen. Mike Baumgartner thinks so.
Senate fails to muster needed supermajority for a constitutional amendment blocking a state income tax.
Mon., March 6, 2017, 9:13 p.m.
Prison system reforms sparked by early releases pass Washington Senate
Senate passes major reforms for the state prison system prompted by the mistakes that led to early releases for some inmates and at least two deaths.
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017
Spin Control: Washington Senate votes again to crack down on drunk drivers
What does the Senate do after receiving alcoholic gifts from two members? Votes to make a fourth DUI a felony.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 9:34 p.m.
Washington Senate considers outside oversight of prisons
Washington could save millions on lawsuits like the claim for the slaying of a teenager in a North Spokane tattoo parlor if it would spend money on an outside office …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Town hall meeting in Spokane Valley touched on guns, growth and immigration
Rep. Matt Shea makes a rare hometown appearance, answers questions at Fourth Legislative District town hall in Spokane Valley
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Washington Senate panel takes up parent notification for teen abortions
Parental notification for teen abortions called “common sense” by supporter, unwarranted intrusion by opponent at Senate committee hearing.
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 6:41 p.m.
Thousands of abortion foes rally on steps of the Washington Capitol, saying Donald Trump’s election gives them hope
OLYMPIA – Thousands of abortion foes who filled the steps of the Washington Capitol Monday were urged to action by lawmakers who have proposals against the controversial but legal procedure. …
Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 6 a.m.
Electoral College wasn’t done deal in 1976. Will it be in 2016?
As the time for the Electoral College meeting draws near, one former elector from the Spokane Valley often gets asked about his vote in 1976.
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 8 a.m.
Spokane lawmakers could be in strong positions in 2017 Legislature
Spokane’s legislative delegation not likely to lose any clout even though the election is pointing to some changes likely in next year’s session.
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016, 6:18 p.m.
Washington Sen. Andy Hill, Redmond Republican who led budget committee, dies of lung cancer at age 54
State Sen. Andy Hill, the key budget writer for the Washington state Senate, has died of lung cancer. He was 54.
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 4:58 p.m.
Ferguson wants assault-weapon ban
Attorney General Bob Ferguson calls for Legislature to ban assault weapons but head of Senate committee that would handle bill raises doubts it can pass.
Wed., June 29, 2016, 3:27 p.m.
Group wants to build tiny homes for homeless families on Spokane Valley church land
Robertson needs $700,000 to make the project a reality and to accomplish that, he’s looking for investors and donors who will commit to the project with monthly or one-time donations.
Mon., May 23, 2016, 10:33 p.m.
Matt Shea takes surprise positions at debate team fundraiser
Republican State Rep. Matt Shea made a shocking, impassioned call for free college tuition Monday evening.
Mon., May 23, 2016, 5:07 p.m.
Transgender bathroom rule to get hearing in Yakima
A state rule allowing people to use a public restroom based on their gender identity rather than their anatomy will be reviewed by a legislative panel.
Sun., April 3, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spin Control: How Washington didn’t make 4 DUIs a felony
How the fourth DUI in Washington remained a misdemeanor.
Sat., April 2, 2016, 5:44 a.m.
Unexpected cash infusion helps Spokane fight auto theft, property crime
Spokane law enforcement got a $300,000 surprise in 2016 state budget, money to fight property crimes.
UPDATED: Tue., March 29, 2016, 8:25 p.m.
Washington lawmakers pass budget, adjourn
Legislature has a negotiated deal on a supplemental budget. Lawmakers will try to pass it Tuesday and adjourn
Wed., March 23, 2016
Washington Senate panel wants records on former corrections secretary
Senate committee demands records about former Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner from department and governor’s office.