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State House needs to follow suit on toughening DUI laws

Published on July 30, 2015
In January, the Legislature must make a fourth DUI a felony. By Mike Padden Special to The Times AFTER 176 days of work, state lawmakers passed a historic budget that lowers tuition for the first time, puts record amounts of funding into basic education and makes significant investments in mental health — all with no... Read More

Senate majority makes college more affordable with historic tuition cuts

Published on July 27, 2015
Senate Majority leader Mark Schoesler recaps the news coverage of an historic session: ‘Historic’ tuition cut sets state apart from rest of U.S. Seattle Times, June 13, 2015 Washington’s move isn’t well-known elsewhere in the country, but some say it could spur other states to think about cuts. “I don’t know how widely known this proposal... Read More

KING5: State lawmakers investigating Snohomish county clean energy contracts

Published on June 16, 2015
EVERETT, Wash. — A series of contracts awarded by the Snohomish County Public Utilities District through a state clean energy grant program are under investigation by state lawmakers, some of whom are concerned about potential conflicts of interest between public and private entities. Central to questions being raised, mostly by Senate Republicans, are dealings between... Read More

KING5: State lawmakers investigating Snohomish County clean energy contracts

Published on June 16, 2015
EVERETT, Wash. — A series of contracts awarded by the Snohomish County Public Utilities District through a state clean energy grant program are under investigation by state lawmakers, some of whom are concerned about potential conflicts of interest between public and private entities. Central to questions being raised, mostly by Senate Republicans, are dealings between... Read More

Seattle Times: Don’t play politics with drought relief funding

Published on June 05, 2015
Sen. Judy Warnick, chair of the Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Committee says ensuring farmers get the water they need to get their crops to market is not a partisan issue. Read more http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/dont-play-politics-with-drought-relief-funding/   Read More

Burned, beaten and locked away: State fails disabled woman

Published on April 28, 2015

Burned, beaten and locked away: State fails disabled woman

Published on April 28, 2015

Seattle Times: Reducing class size starts with building more classrooms

Published on March 18, 2015
AT a time when the Legislature is debating the best way to pay for basic education in K-12 schools, it makes sense to start with the most basic element of all: classrooms. No matter what we do this legislative session, we’re going to need more of them. That means tackling an outdated school-construction model that... Read More

Seattle Times: Reducing class size starts with building more classrooms

Published on March 18, 2015
AT a time when the Legislature is debating the best way to pay for basic education in K-12 schools, it makes sense to start with the most basic element of all: classrooms. No matter what we do this legislative session, we’re going to need more of them. That means tackling an outdated school-construction model that... Read More

Teachers convicted of sex crimes shouldn’t get pensions; give it to their victims

Published on March 03, 2015

After OIC scandal Spokesman-Review endorses Sen. Padden’s efforts to ensure judicial independence

Published on February 23, 2015
After the scandal at the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Sen. Mike Padden’s bill is vital reform to bring greater safeguards and independence to the state’s administrative judicial system. So says the editorial board of the Spokesman-Review “Administrative law courts are an important venue for resolving all manner of complaints against the state, and they... Read More

IN THE NEWS: Public needs voice in carbon debate

Published on August 04, 2014
Local View: Public needs voice in carbon debate By Sen. Ann Rivers  |  Published: August 3, 2014, 6:00 AM There’s enough chatter at the Capitol about a pair of climate-change policies — familiar but complex proposals known as “cap-and-trade” and “low-carbon fuel standards” — that it’s time to ask: What do these confusing and complicated... Read More