Padden Called Ranking Member on Senate Law and Justice Committee

Olympia, Wash. – Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, has been called ranking minority member on the Senate Law and Justice Committee as this month’s election forces reorganization of the Senate.

The ranking minority position is the leading Republican slot on the Law and Justice Committee, which Padden has chaired for the previous 5 years. Padden also will serve on the Senate K-12 and Early Education Committee.

Significant modifications are being made to committee projects in the Senate because of the Nov. 7 election outcomes, which provided the Senate Democratic Caucus a narrow 25-24 bulk in the Washington Senate. Committee chairmanships are typically granted to members of the bulk party. New projects will work after election outcomes are accredited by the Washington Secretary of State. The last date for accreditation is Dec. 7.

Padden, a previous Spokane County District Court judge, stated the ranking minority position on the Law and Justice Committee will enable him to preserve his concentrate on matters of law, the judiciary, and police. “I am going to have the ability to continue dealing with public security problems– especially on property criminal offenses, a significant issue for our area, and impaired driving,” Padden stated.

Padden kept in mind that his seatmate, Rep. Bob McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley, serves on the House Education Committee. That means Padden’s brand-new education project will offer the 4th Legislative District representation on the 2 legal committees that supervise public schools. Huge concerns next year will consist of proposals to enhance the quality of public education marketing for law firms. Padden stated he also will look for to make sure that daycare centers run by personal entities and spiritual companies are secured from the extreme policy.