A state Senator says the hard drug-possession bill passed by the Legislature in a special session isn’t strong enough to deal with the state’s drug crisis.
The legislation made possession a gross misdemeanor.
Senator Mike Padden, the ranking Republican on the Senate Law and Justice Committee, says the threat of a felony is more likely to persuade drug offenders to undergo treatment.
The Spokane Valley Republican says the punishment under the measure is basically a hybrid between a gross misdemeanor and a misdemeanor – not an effective deterrent for offenders.
Padden says, while he’s glad the legislature passed some sort of law to increase penalties, this doesn’t go far enough to be effective.
Republican Senator Keith Wagoner talks to Lars Larson about legislation that strengthens the hard drug possession law that passed in the state Senate during a special session.
Sen. Jeff Wilson on KELA radio’s Let’s Talk About It program discussing hard drug possession and the upcoming special session of the Legislature to address it.
Sen. John Braun talks to KVI Radio’s Ari Hoffman about the upcoming special session to create penalties for hard drug possession and the new police pursuit law.
Sen. John Braun talks to KGNW Radio’s Tim Gaydos about the special session called by Governor Inslee to deal with the law on hard drug possession in Washington.
Republican Senator Keith Wagoner talks to Lars Larson about Governor Inslee calling a special session for state legislators to deal with the hard drug possession law.
Governor Inslee is bringing state lawmakers back to Olympia for a special session to address the state’s drug possession law.
An East Wenatchee legislator says it’s the right call.
Tracy Ellis reports.
A special session to create a state law that increases penalties for the possession of hard drugs is scheduled for May 16th.
Senate Republicans say they’re ready to do their part.
Tracy Ellis has more.
Republican legislative leaders are calling for a special session to repeal the long-term care payroll tax before collections begin.
Tracy Ellis explains.
On Wednesday, Washington senators voted 43-to-five to set the rules for calling themselves into an extra session.