Stories tagged: Mike Padden
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.
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016, 3:02 p.m.
Restroom rules to be deliberated in Spokane Valley Tuesday
Spokane Valley City Council to discuss gender preference bathroom access
Thu., Jan. 14, 2016, 12:56 p.m.
Senate GOP plans to issue subpoenas over prison controversy
Governor, senators spar over investigation of prison release mistakes.
Sun., Jan. 10, 2016, 5 a.m.
Washington legislative session expected to be shorter, focused on education
Issues the Washington Legislature will face include education funding, charter schools and carbon pollution.
Sun., Aug. 23, 2015
Senate Republicans play the ‘crisis’ card over court ruling
With a significant part of the state in flames and entire towns being evacuated, this is no time to throw the word “crisis” around lightly. So it must be noted …
Wed., May 13, 2015
Bill would allow law officers to testify for victims without a supporter
OLYMPIA – By the time Arlene Roberts’ killer came up for sentencing, the 80-year-old woman had been dead for more than three decades, and no friends or relatives were left …
Sat., May 9, 2015
Amended child support bill passes Washington Legislature
OLYMPIA – Obeying federal requirements to make state law conform to an international treaty on child support is forcing a special session in Idaho. But on Friday, legislation that allows …
Sat., April 4, 2015
Fourth DUI a felony under bill OK’d by Washington Senate
OLYMPIA – Motorists who rack up four convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs would face a felony charge under a bill that the Washington Senate passed …
Sat., Nov. 22, 2014
Legislature tries remote testimony
OLYMPIA – A Pasco-based government watchdog made a pitch Friday for district elections to the Supreme Court and two Spokane Valley law enforcement officers told legislators about rising arrest numbers …
Wed., Sept. 3, 2014
GOP lawmaker, obstetrician John Moyer dies at 92
As a physician, John Moyer had a soft voice and a calm bedside manner that brought thousands of Spokane’s babies into the world. As a legislator, he helped set Washington …
Tue., Sept. 2, 2014, 7:47 p.m.
Republican legislator and obstetrician who backed state health care for kids dies at 92
John Moyer, who represented two different Spokane legislative districts over a 10-year stretch, died last week from complications of Parkinson’s Disease at 92.
Tue., July 1, 2014
Supreme Court ruling could play role in state’s Reproductive Parity Act
OLYMPIA – Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows some companies to refuse birth control coverage for employees is likely to add fuel to both sides of the Washington legislative …
Tue., June 17, 2014
Gag order limits hearing on Insurance Commission
OLYMPIA – A legislative session billed as a chance to air charges of undue influence in the insurance commissioner’s office was something less than advertised Monday. Patricia Peterson, the agency’s …
Sat., April 5, 2014
Washington governor vetoes bill on drones, citing privacy risk
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a bill that would have regulated the use of drones by government and police, saying it didn’t go far enough to protect privacy rights. …
Sat., Feb. 15, 2014
Washington Legislature advances school bills
OLYMPIA – Washington schools would be required to protect students against emotional bullying, keep more data on homeless students and test whether extra days would help students retain more from …
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Plan to shrink Washington Supreme Court size to be heard by Senate
OLYMPIA – A plan to shrink the state Supreme Court by two justices was praised Monday by some as a money-saver and criticized by others as payback for decisions some …
Tue., Jan. 21, 2014
Tougher DUI penalties proposed in Washington Legislature
OLYMPIA – Drunken drivers could face prison on their fourth conviction if the Legislature can find a way to pay for the extra burden on state prisons and county jails. …
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
Washington Senate hearing considers crime bills
OLYMPIA – The state could have new ways to crack down on some of Spokane’s biggest crime problems like car theft and repeat burglars, as well as take early aim …
Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
Senate plan would boost North Spokane Corridor funding, gas tax
OLYMPIA – Senate negotiators will begin the push today for a package of road projects that could complete the North Spokane Corridor and raise gasoline taxes by 11.5 cents over …
Wed., Nov. 13, 2013
Washington given A grade for combating human trafficking
An international organization announced Tuesday that Washington state received an A grade for its laws combating child sex crimes and human trafficking. Shared Hope International, a Vancouver, Wash.-based organization dedicated …
Wed., Oct. 23, 2013
Larry Crouse, Spokane Valley GOP lawmaker, retires
Republican Larry Crouse will retire after 19 years in the Washington Legislature, likely setting off a rush of GOP hopefuls in the Spokane Valley district. Crouse announced Tuesday he plans …
Thu., July 18, 2013, 11:24 a.m.
Inslee signs law to crack down on repeat DUI offenders
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a measure to more closely monitor motorists who repeatedly drive under the influence.
Tue., May 21, 2013
Bill on police-involved deaths now law
OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s medical examiners can feel free to talk about the results of investigations into deaths that involve actions by law enforcement officers, a new state law ensures. …
Wed., May 15, 2013
Alcohol laws don’t mix well at Capitol
OLYMPIA – As a Senate committee approved tougher laws against impaired drivers Tuesday, some senators wondered aloud if the Legislature isn’t at least partially responsible for putting more drunks on …
Wed., May 8, 2013
Background checks flawed, Washington auditor says
OLYMPIA – Washington could do a better job of checking the backgrounds of workers in key jobs by submitting their fingerprints to a system operated by the FBI, the state …