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By Matthew O. Stephens
Spokane Valley News Herald 

Padden wants stronger drug bill


Last updated 5/25/2023 at 10:28am

OLYMPIA – Although a bill enhancing penalties for possession of hard drugs was approved by the state Legislature during a single day special session, 4th District Senator Mike Padden did not agree with the final version of Senate Bill 5536.

According to a May 16 press release, Padden, believes the negotiated form of SB 5536 that was passed will not be adequately effective. Padden is the ranking Republican on the Senate Law and Justice Committee, and thinks a stronger bill is needed to get offenders and addicts into and through treatment programs.

“Although the bill passed by the Legi...

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