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Trio of Sen. Padden bills advance


February 3, 2022

Sen. Mike Padden

OLYMPIA - The Senate Law and Justice Committee last week acted on three public-safety measures from Spokane Valley Republican Sen. Mike Padden.

Senate Bill 5710, which received a hearing in the committee Jan. 24, is aimed at reducing contamination in the state toxicology laboratory.

An investigation revealed that between October 2018 and June 2019, at least eight cases of cross-contamination were found to have taken place at the state toxicology lab in Seattle.

"For 12 years, I served as a Spokane County District Court judge, and during that time I presided over many DUI cases, where techn...

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