Update on transportation investment package

Published on June 28, 2015
As state lawmakers continue working to find agreement on major new transportation investments Sen. Curtis King, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Sen. Joe Fain, vice chair of the transportation budget, released this statement: “We appreciate the difficult decision the governor has made and applaud him for not allowing a single issue to stand... Read More

Senate passes Padden measures aimed at addressing recent Supreme Court decisions

Published on June 25, 2015
Bills would help permit pretrial drug and alcohol monitoring and give deceased victims of violent crimes a voice in sentencing hearings On Wednesday the Senate passed two measures sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, aimed at improving public safety and increasing justice for crime victims. Both bills were introduced to address recent Washington State Supreme Court... Read More

Time at long last for House to pass drunk-driving bill

Published on June 24, 2015
This post originally appeared in the leadership blog of the Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. Before we wrap up our business for the year and start thinking about the long drive home, a drunk-driving bill awaits our action in the Legislature. Something we need to do before we get behind the wheel. A series of terrible accidents in the... Read More

Benton measure to provide tax relief to seniors, disabled veterans goes to House

Published on June 24, 2015
The Senate today unanimously passed a measure sponsored by Sen. Don Benton that would assist seniors, veterans and disabled individuals by increasing the income limit for calculating property-tax exemption qualification. It’s the second such vote in 2015. “We have a number of seniors and disabled individuals who have difficulty paying their property taxes,” said Benton,... Read More

Padden’s felony-DUI bill moves to House for third time this year

Published on June 24, 2015
For the third time since lawmakers convened at the state Capitol in January, the Washington state Senate has unanimously passed Sen. Mike Padden’s bill to make a fourth DUI conviction in 10 years a felony. “We have only a few more days to act before the end of the current legislative session, and it is... Read More

Fain proposal hopes to expedite future state-budget negotiations

Published on June 23, 2015
The Washington state budget affects everyone in the state, but too often in recent years completing a budget has required lawmakers to go into multiple overtime sessions. With that in mind Sen. Joe Fain today introduced a bill that would reduce the time lawmakers can raise money for their re-election campaigns if they do not... Read More