Last time around vs. this time around

By: - May 16, 2023 11:30 am

The last time the state Senate voted on a Blake bill, it passed on a 28-21 margin. Fourteen Democrats and 14 Republicans supported that version. 

On his way to the floor, Braun said he expected a much larger majority today. We’ve seen signs already. Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, voted no in March but said on the floor that she is voting ‘yes’ today.

Still, some Republicans, including Spokane Valley Sen. Mike Padden, will likely again vote against the bill. 

Padden has pushed to go back to the original felony statute for drug possession. In a floor speech, he said the six-month jail sentence is not enough to hold offenders accountable.

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Laurel Demkovich
Laurel Demkovich

Laurel joined States Newsroom in 2023 after almost three years as a statehouse reporter for the Spokesman-Review. She covers state government, the Legislature and all other Olympia news.