Stories tagged: Mike Padden
Sat., May 4, 2019, 5 a.m.
Once again, the Washington legislature adjourned without agreeing to pay its fair share of election costs. “Could have been worse, but still not a good session for local government. They …
UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 5:08 p.m.
The names and addresses of Washington residents who turned in their bump stocks as part of the state’s buy-back program should be exempted from release under the public records law, …
UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 8:55 p.m.
Drunken drivers could soon avoid a DUI arrest by pulling off the road and taking a nap.
Tue., March 5, 2019, 8:28 p.m.
Convicted car thieves could be placed in community supervision after being released from prison as part of an effort to keep them from going back stealing again.
Sun., March 3, 2019, 5 a.m.
Senate Republicans’ maneuver gave Gov. Jay Inslee a win just as he was announcing his run for president.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 10:31 p.m.
Public schools in Washington would be required to teach sex education in all grades under bill approved by state Senate
School districts would be required to adopt comprehensive, medically accurate policies for sexual health education for all grades by the 2021 school year, according to the bill, which was sent …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 9:39 p.m.
Members of the Electoral College in Washington would lose their position if they voted for someone who didn’t win the presidential election that year, a bill that passed the Senate …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 9:52 p.m.
Proposed additions to gun-free zones advance but don’t include libraries.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 7:50 a.m.
A plan that could wipe out as many as 200,000 misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions for Washington adults was sent to a Senate budget committee Thursday after efforts to restrict its …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Public libraries, parks and child care facilities could be added to the list of gun-free zones in Washington in what supporters say is an effort to keep children safe in …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:06 p.m.
State and local agencies would be limited in what help they could give to federal immigration officials under a bill supporters say is designed to expand new business opportunities for …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 7:16 p.m.
State program to “welcome” all new babies to Washington passes Senate committee, but with resistance.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 9:48 p.m.
Dwarf tossing would be illegal in Washington but licensed entertainment companies could still offer wrestling events that feature little people in the latest version of a bill moving through the …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 9:42 p.m.
Washington residents could become the first people in the nation who could decide to become “human compost” after they die.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 8:37 p.m.
School officials urge Senate to change the state constitution and allow smaller majorities to approve their bond issues
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 9:28 p.m.
Dwarf tossing and similar staged activities were denounced as discriminatory, dehumanizing and dangerous, even to little people who aren’t participating in those events, supporters of a proposed ban told a …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 11:04 p.m.
Sen. Mike Padden introduces a bill to ban dwarf tossing at Washington bars and strip clubs.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.
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 approves a plan to expand the Spokane County Commissioner Board to five members after new districts are drawn in 2021.
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
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.
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
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.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 2:21 p.m.
Senate votes to replace death penalty with life without parole in all cases.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 10:04 p.m.
Senate votes to take guns away from people convicted of domestic violence harassment.
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018
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
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.
Schools would get more consistent warnings about nearby dangerous events under a Senate proposal.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 11:40 a.m.
Senate committee approves elimination of death penalty for most murders.
Tue., Jan. 23, 2018
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.
Senate committee passes ban on bump stock devices on a party-line vote.
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:17 p.m.
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 …