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Association of Washington Cities honors Sen. Mike Padden with City Champion Award

Olympia, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, honored Senator Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley) with a City Champion Award.

Padden was recognized Tuesday night at a City of Spokane Valley council meeting. He is one of six legislators recognized for championing city priorities during the 2016 legislative session. Specifically, Padden is recognized for his work on police body-worn camera and nuisance abatement legislation.

“It’s a privilege to present this award to Sen. Padden,” said Micki Harnois, Town of Rockford Councilmember and member of the AWC Board of Directors. “Thank you for your work to support cities by giving them the tools they need to keep their communities healthy, safe and livable.”

As chair of the Law and Justice Committee, Padden played a key role in negotiating and moving House-sponsored legislation that addressed police body-worn cameras. AWC Government Relations Director Dave Williams said the bill provided needed clarity around public records issues and increased privacy protections.

“We are continuing to work on policies to deal with police body-worn cameras. I am happy to say this legislation does impact jurisdictions that have body-worn cameras like Liberty Lake, and gives some relief to cities on the costs of producing some records and the videos themselves.”

Sen. Padden also acknowledged Representative Bob McCaslin (R-Spokane Valley) as the prime sponsor of the nuisance abatement legislation.

“As the state continues to address funding for K-12 education and other priorities, its historic partnership with cities to provide funding for important city programs and services has diminished,” said Williams. “Cities need champions in the Legislature, like Senator Padden.”

City Champion Awards are a component of AWC’s Strong Cities, Great State campaign that brings cities and towns together to achieve greater results and deliver stronger services. This is the third year the City Champion Awards have been presented to select legislators.

AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies.

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