Stories tagged: Mike Padden
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.
Senate OKs teen voter pre-registration
Senate gives final approval to allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when they turn 18.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:43 p.m.
Senate passes 5 county commissioners bill with ‘tweak’
Senate approves a plan to expand the Spokane County Commissioner Board to five members after new districts are drawn in 2021.
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
Critics question lawmakers’ proposal to block access to some records
Critics accused the Legislature on Thursday of trying to sneak through a major change in state law that would allow them to hide some of their records from the public.
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
State Senate bill would end time limit on prosecuting child rape
Victims of child molestation and child rape would not run out of time before their assailants can be prosecuted, under a bill passed by a Senate committee Thursday.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 2:21 p.m.
Senate votes to end death penalty in Washington
Senate votes to replace death penalty with life without parole in all cases.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 10:04 p.m.
Domestic violence harassers could lose gun rights
Senate votes to take guns away from people convicted of domestic violence harassment.
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018
Surrogate mothers could be paid more than their expenses under Senate bill
Washington would allow surrogate mothers to be paid more than just their expenses under changes to state law defining parental rights approved by the Senate.
Thu., Feb. 1, 2018
Democrats push Reproductive Parity Act through state Senate
Medical insurance plans in Washington that offer maternity coverage would also have to cover abortions and contraception under a bill that passed the Senate Wednesday.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 12:01 a.m.
Bill calls for better warning system for schools
Schools would get more consistent warnings about nearby dangerous events under a Senate proposal.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 11:40 a.m.
Ban on executions passes Washington Senate panel
Senate committee approves elimination of death penalty for most murders.
Tue., Jan. 23, 2018
Foes take another run at ending Washington’s death penalty
Democratic control of the Senate means 2018 could be the year that Washington abolishes the death penalty, Attorney General Bob Ferguson says.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 6:54 a.m.
Bump stock ban passes committee
Senate committee passes ban on bump stock devices on a party-line vote.
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.