Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Feb 4


Associated Press
State agrees to pay $2.5 million to former foster child
Ecology wants feedback on clean-fuels rule
Washington files $17 million lawsuit for bridge collapse
Lawmaker asks UW, WSU to ‘work out’ medical school dispute
$10 toll may be possible on Interstate 405 express lane
Bill would end daylight-saving time in Washington (Hunt, Dunshee)
State looks to share marijuana taxes with cities
UW President Michael Young to be president at Texas A&M
House panel to hear proposal to eliminate graduation exams
Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

Aberdeen Daily World
Lawsuit challenges tribe’s control of Lake Quinault
County nixes E-Verify

Ballard News Tribune
Rep. Reuven Carlyle introduces bill to replace death penalty (Carlyle, Orwall)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Editorial reprint: Don’t circumvent voters by allowing cigar bars (Kirby, Sawyer)
Editorial reprint: Extreme-risk gun orders worth study (Frockt, Fraser, Jinkins)
Blog: State weighs fee for providing electronic records to public

Bothell Reporter
Rep. Derek Stanford introduces bill to ban non-compete agreements (Stanford)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Kitsap lawmakers’ bill would require crisis intervention training statewide (Rolfes, Appleton)
Governor’s climate-control proposal faces business opposition (Fitzgibbon)
Heart-stopping tragedy becomes political tour-de-force (McAuliffe)
Op-Ed: Eating fish shouldn’t be risky

Sunlight Supply proposes new facility
Oil safety bill gets hearing in state House (Farrell)
In Our View: Anti-Vaccine Absurdity

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Lawmakers want to include financial information on proposed initiatives (Hunt)
WSU seeks funding for 4-story campus in Everett
Gas tax can’t keep pace
Editorial: In Our View / Preventing another bridge collapse: State must check truck heights

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way senator leading tough fight to set legal smoking age at 21 (Orwall)

The Islands’ Weekly
Anti-discrimination bill from Ranker (Ranker)

Kirkland Reporter
Rep. Derek Stanford introduces bill to ban non-compete agreements (Stanford)
Sen. Andy Hill pushes WSDOT to improve tolling customer service

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Transit, DOT teaming on Suquamish Way fixes

News Tribune (subscription required)
DOD-supported bills would require state to bring child abuse cases to the Armed Forces
No tests required for high school diploma? Lawmakers weigh changing rules (Hunt)
Under the Dome: Wednesday, February 4, the 24th day of the 105-day legislative session
Editorial: Don’t circumvent voters by allowing cigar bars (Sawyer)

Olympian (subscription required)
Sound Transit could grow to south, but don’t expect a train to Olympia (Hunt, Fraser, Fey)
Editorial: Extreme-risk gun orders worth study (Jinkins, Frockt, Fraser)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Confirmed: UW President Michael Young to leave for Texas A&M
WSDOT: Pilot car, truck driver caused Skagit River bridge collapse
Seattle’s first pot vending machine aims to revolutionize industry
State hospital association: New bill would ‘override’ court’s ban on psychiatric boarding
Too many patients returning to Washington hospitals after treatment, report finds

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Enrollment falling far short of state health exchange’s goal
UW loses its top Dawg: Young off to Texas A&M (Frockt)
Executive orders, body cams, and a sweep of amendments: things Republicans said today
Seattle tent-city residents raise concerns about proposed legislation
Gender pay gap narrows a bit in Washington
Danny Westneat: Secession talk a split from reality (Pettigrew, Santos)
Editorial: Washington apple growers embrace globalization’s rewards — and risk

Seattle Weekly
The Workers’ Rights Movement Marches On to Tacoma, Olympia, and Beyond (Habib, Jinkins, Farrell, Jayapal)
Fear and Loathing in Legal Territory (Kohl-Welles)
A New Market Concept Puts Two Immigrants at the Forefront

Spokesman Review
Spokane County to pay EPA $100,000 for soil tests at vermiculite site
Washington lawmakers discuss oil train safety bills (Farrell)
WSU, UW warned on med school (Riccelli)
More groups speak out against states’ federal land grab

Tri-City Herald
Murray in prime position to push Obama plan to spend $75 billion on ‘preschool for all’

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Editorial: Plan to require ‘new driver’ decal not fair

Yakima Herald Republic
State river health advocates trying to stay current with ongoing problem (Rolfes, Hobbs, Chase)


I-405 toll rates up to $12 being considered
Marijuana vending machine makes Seattle debut

New case of measles reported in King County
SPD Chief to make changes to social media policy after officer’s racially-charged posts
Lawmakers want to stop dumping of sex offenders in Pierce County (Kilduff)

Seattle Mayor’s Plan For Homeless Encampments Draws Criticism From Tent City Residents
‘Revenge Porn’ Specifically Outlawed Under Proposed Wash. State Laws
Police On ‘Bad Cop’ List Wouldn’t Be Disciplined Under Proposed Wash. Bill
Critics Assail Proposal To Allow Limited Psychiatric Boarding In Washington

Legislation Would Mandate Bigger Crews On Oil Trains
Washington, Oregon Lawmakers Propose To Abolish Daylight Saving Time (Hunt)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Lawmaker pushes new measure to reduce sex offenders released into Pierce County (Kilduff)

NW Public Radio
Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Propose To Abolish Daylight Saving Time (Hunt)
Washington To Receive More Than $21M in Multistate Settlement
‘Revenge Porn’ Specifically Outlawed Under Proposed State Laws

Q13 TV (FOX)
Lawmakers seek to change how and where sex offenders are released (Kilduff)


Capitol Record (TVW)
Lawmakers propose reforms to state’s marijuana system (Hurst)
Bill would strengthen laws against animal cruelty
Bill to boost preschool quality passes out of House committee (Kagi, Sawyer)

Should oil trains’ schedules be public knowledge? (Farrell)
Lawmakers eye tax break extension for state’s last 2 aluminum plants
The Daily Troll: UW president heads to Texas A&M. Playing those Seattle, Eastside traffic blues. Ready to move on?

Faced with Realty, Conservative Opposition to the Minimum Wage Begins to Evolve

GOP in Oblivion, Bikes in Forests, and Herbold in District 1 (Fraser, Reykdal, Hunt)

Seattle P.I.
UW President Young: I’m headed for College Station, Texas

Everyone in Olympia Has a Pot Plan, But the One Gaining Traction Is Terrible (Kohl-Welles, Hurst)
Lummi Nation Says It Will Not Negotiate With Bellingham Coal Terminal Company
Meet the Republican Legislators Who Want to Take Away Teenagers’ Reproductive Rights (Hargrove)

The Stand
Giving the corporations what they want

The Verge
California becomes first state to convict someone for operating a revenge porn website

Washington State Wire
Editorial: Opinion: Cap and Trade, Or No Cap and All Tax? (Fitzgibbon, Hunter)