Washington State House Democrats


Friday Jan 23


Associated Press
Should Washington mail-in ballots have prepaid postage?
Talks to end West Coast seaports deadlock go on 1-day hiatus
State, contractor still battling over viaduct project
WSU reviving forestry major
Activists turn out in Olympia as lawmakers weigh medical pot (Kohl-Welles)
2-tier system for driver’s license, ID cards, still in works (Clibborn, Moscoso)
Washington jobless rate rises slightly to 6.3 percent
Washington attorney general wants to outlaw ticket bots
Ohio University sets 4-year tuition rate for new students

Aberdeen Daily World
Gordon suggests sharp cuts to county budget, surprising commissioners
Hatfield aims to legalize hemp with SB 5012
FEMA assistance unlikely but still possible

Bainbridge Island Review
Op-Ed: Election issues get a close look in Olympia

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
State officials face questions when targeting drivers who are high (Kohl-Welles)
LTE: Supports free speech; opposes ‘ag-gag’ bill

Bellevue Reporter
Habib launches ride-sharing protection legislation (Habib)

Bothell Reporter
Bright Futures autism screening legislation introduced by Sen. David Frockt (Frockt, Riccelli)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Washington tech leaders to Cantwell: Net neutrality is key to innovation economy

Medical marijuana users raise concerns about regulation bills
In Our View: Get Smart On Crime (Hargrove)

The Daily News
MM teen promotes sudden cardiac arrest bill in Olympia (McAuliffe, Rolfes)

Issaquah Reporter
Paying for schools not only job of the Legislature | Editorial (Habib)

The Islands’ Sounder
New carbon pollution bill (Ranker, Fitzgibbon)

The Islands’ Weekly
Legislative session 2015 update – Guest column (Ranker)

Kirkland Reporter
Ride-sharing legislation introduced by Sen. Habib (Habib)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Tacoma Narrows tolls continuing on way up
Hundreds expected in Olympia as lawmakers weigh medical pot
Apple maggot complaint from Washington fruit association

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma longshoremen rally amid West Coast port slowdown
The last time the Senate minority played kingmaker
Washington State Fair to open Labor Day weekend starting in 2016
Under the Dome: Friday, January 23, the 12th day of the 105-day legislative session (Senn, Cleveland)
Editorial: Extending the state fair’s run makes fiscal sense

Olympian (subscription required)
Bill seeks to educate schools, athletes about sudden cardiac arrest
Editorial: Mending the safety net should be a priority

Peninsula Daily News
Farmers in avian flu quarantine area east of Port Angeles monitor poultry as inspectors test birds
Clallam planners focus on marijuana zoning ordinance

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Decision sticks Bertha bill on state (Clibborn)
SPD: All rape kits to be tested, including 1,276 shelved kits (Orwall)
Health-exchange problems easing, but nagging, board told
Medical marijuana regulation gets hearing in Olympia
Possible ballot measure could be bargaining chip in minimum-wage debate
Jonathan Martin: Mental-health reinforcement needed for the grief brigade

Snoqualmie VAlley Record
Governor eyes new sources of revenue in 2015-17 budget proposal (Inslee)
Anacortes will seek state loan for new water tank
Lawmakers look to help women get fair pay (Senn, Cleveland)

Spokesman Review
WSU president wants medical school collaboration with UW (Riccelli, Cody)
Spokane schools report high rate of flu
‘Sheena’s Law’ a lifesaver, dad says (Riccelli)
Medical pot growers have unfair advantages, say counterparts
Editorial: Medical pot unregulated too long in Washington (Kohl-Welles)

Tri-City Herald
Promising, pricey technology stalls at Hanford

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Lawmaker: Marijuana candy overdose shows need to go slowly

Yakima Herald Republic
Hispanic business group blasts Newhouse
2014 job growth was good, and it’s expected to stay that way
Would you vote if your ballot came with postage? (Hasegawa, Liias, Billig, Kohl-Welles, Jayapal, Chase, Conway)
Cesar Chavez Day proposed for Washington state (Hudgins)


King County homeless population increase expected
State may update distracted driving laws
Deadly superbug infected patients at Virginia Mason
SPD to test rape kit backlog (Orwall)

Medical marijuana patients fight to save medicine

Minority Students Make Up Large Shares Of State’s Growing Homeless Student Count

Washington legislation targets revenge porn (Orwall)

PHOTOS: This Alaskan Village Will Be Underwater In 10 Years
2014 Good For Job Creation In Washington and Oregon
States Continue Push To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Why not make smoking illegal for people of all ages?

NW Public Radio
2014 Good For Job Creation In Washington and Oregon

Q13 TV (FOX)
Seattle police to test stored rape kits for DNA
Customers give mixed reviews to Washington health exchange


Capitol Record (TVW)
Medical marijuana regulations proposed in two separate bills (Kohl-Welles)
Bill would create statewide regulations for ride-share companies (Habib)
Seattle Police begin testing evidence backlog as lawmakers consider rape-kit bill (Orwall)

Pot regulation debate lights up in Olympia (Kohl-Welles)
Legislators look at bridging gender pay gap (Senn, Cleveland)
The Daily Troll: Murray signals hope for an NHL franchise. Rideshare reaches Olympia, politically. Kalakala makes its last run. (Springer, Habib)

Washington senator introduces state-wide legislation for Uber, Lyft (Habib)

Washington State Politics Is Boring (Chopp)

A Bipartisan Constitutional Amendment to Change the Initiative Process (Kohl-Welles, Jayapal, Pedersen, Kagi)
Afternoon Jolt: Poll Shows Regional Voters Happy to Pay for More Light Rail

Ag Gag Bill Looks Like It’ll Die in Committee (That’s a Good Thing)

Washington State Wire
Washington Adds 7,600 Jobs in December, But Unemployment Lingers Above 6%