Stories tagged: Mike Padden
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, midnight
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, midnight
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.
Mon., March 7, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
Washington corrections officials disciplined for inmates’ early releases
Gov. Jay Inslee announces disciplinary action from early release of prisoners, names acting corrections secretary.
Mon., March 7, 2016, 4:25 p.m.
Inslee threatens to veto bills if budget deal delayed
Gov. Jay Inslee tells lawmakers to reach a budget deal by Thursday night or he’ll veto bills they’ve passed so far.
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, 6:21 p.m.
Inmate release problem labeled urgent took years to address
State prison official said she requested fix to early release errors ASAP
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016, 5:44 p.m.
Washington Senate agrees to task force to seek public school fix
The Senate approved a bill to set up a task force that would come up with a plan next year to meet court mandated obligations to public schools.
Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, 11:20 a.m.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee blasts Senate GOP over ‘political hatchet job’
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee holds press conference about the Senate rejecting his transporation secretary.
Sun., Jan. 31, 2016, 5 a.m.
Spin Control: Spin Control: Senate GOP getting documents they want, need their own expert to handle them
Senate Republicans start getting documents on prison releases, hire investigator to manage them.