Washington State House Democrats


Friday, Feb 13


Associated Press
Vaccine critic keeps seat on Spokane regional health board
Protesters plan more rallies over fatal Pasco police shooting
Coroner considers inquest in fatal shooting by Pasco police
GOP lawmakers propose university-tuition cuts — but no plan to pay for them (Sullivan)
Woodland mayor rejects business license for pot production plan
4 Seattle tunnel workers injured while working on a wall
2nd measles case on Wash.’s Olympic Peninsula
Retailers fret as products languish on ships, docks at ports
Gov. Inslee aims to restrict, regulate electronic cigarettes
Mexico condemns deadly police shooting in Washington state
Washington Senate unveils $15 billion transportation package

Aberdeen Daily World
Officials search for funding as downtown redevelopment plans continue
Port reports growth in cargo, employment, revenue
State adopts new logging rule for landslide-prone areas
DNR to hold webinar Thursday on sustainable harvest calculation
Oped: Vini Samuel — Give every child, rich or poor, a great education

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Washington lawmakers propose cutting, capping college tuition (Liias, Frockt)

Bothell Reporter
Rep. Hunter’s statement on supplimental budget passage (Hunter)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Governor’s cap-and-trade proposal receives House committee support
Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rates and highway safety key items at Transportation Commission meeting
Op-Ed: Gas taxes, carbon pollution and public transit (Chopp)
Op-Ed: Failing business a sign of weak economy

Washougal leaders join together in opposing oil terminal
New east Vancouver practice caters to Medicaid patients

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Senate transportation bill includes $570 million for Snohomish County (Hobbs, Liias)
AG response due on massive public records request
Inslee aims to restrict, regulate electronic cigarettes
Colorado sold $700 million in pot last year
Editorial: Help voters inform decisions

Islands’ Sounder
Smoke signals: fact and fiction about marijuana

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Editorial: Return of Lolita to Pacific Northwest waters? Long overdue (Ranker)

Kirkland Reporter
Governor’s cap-and-trade proposal receives House committee support (Fitzgibbon, Ranker)
Rep. Hunter’s statement on supplemental budget passage (Hunter)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Schools vexed by vaccination noncompliance

News Tribune (subscription required)
Lawmakers look to divert public-records awards (Van De Wege)
Under the Dome: Friday, February 13, the 33rd day of the 105-day legislative session
State Senate will consider gas-tax deal (Hobbs, Liias, Ranker, Fraser)

Olympian (subscription required)
Lawmakers look to divert public-records awards (Van De Wege)
Editorial: Liquor bills look like an unfair tax break for Costco

Peninsula Daily News
Second case of measles in Port Angeles confirmed in 5-year-old girl

Puget Sound Business Journal
How to raise Washington’s education grade
Vast 777X wing plant begins to rise

Seattle Times (subscription required)
3 years of gas-tax increases in state Senate transportation plan (Sullivan, Liias, Hobbs, Nelson)
Lawmakers push for end to West Coast port strife
Pasco on edge: ‘We don’t want another Ferguson here’
Vaping, transportation and the Pasco shooting: things Inslee said Thursday
Senate bill would ban money for tunnel cost overruns
Lawmaker called on to retract remarks about Muslim group
State files lawsuit against Seattle owners who abruptly shut down wedding venue
Charter commission head: More questions could have been asked
Editorial: Tweaking Seattle School Board governance could improve performance (Pettigrew)
Jonathan Martin: Explaining the transportation package holdup in Olympia/ Times editorial columnist

Seattle Weekly
Prostitution Bill Gets Green Light, Showing Strange and Fuzzy Politics Around ‘Trafficking’ (Kohl-Welles)

Skagit Valley Herald
Senate committee OKs three bills on Skagit water access

Spokesman Review
Bipartisan agreement sends $15 billion state highway bill to Senate (Clibborn, Nelson)
Court: WSU can pump from aquifer

Tri-City Herald
Cantwell grills energy secretary on Hanford cleanup progress
Groups want Haler to retract statements about Muslim organization
Editorial: Sundry of mental health care bills a positive start

Yakima Herald Republic
Mental Health Court instills stability, but funding shortfalls keep it small
Groups want Richland lawmaker to retract statements about Muslim organization
Legislation goes after taxpayer-funded Yakima union job
Editorial: Senate plan gets debate moving on mobility


Senate leaders propose 11.7-cent gas tax increase (Liias, Hobbs)
Naturopath: Don’t polarize the vaccine issue
4 injured after wall collapses at SR 99 tunnel project
Pot shops burning profit on taxes

Lawmakers hear demands to restrict access to body camera video (Pettigrew

Bill in state House would prohibit pit bull bans (Appleton)

Meet The ‘Locator’ Who Tracks Foster Runaways In Washington
Wash. Senators Propose 11.7 Cent Gas Tax Hike To Fund Roads (Liias, Hobbs)
Wash. State Raises New Questions About Troubled Charter School, Promises Changes
Gold Vs. Fish: Proposed Bill To Regulate, Study Suction Dredge Mining In Wash. (Tarleton)
In Wake Of Deadly Shooting, Pasco Police Chief Asks Angry Demonstrators To ‘Trust Us’

Coaching Parents Who Have Lost Kids To Foster Care
Canadian Ports Offer Little Relief For Frustrated Northwest Shippers
President Signs Military Suicide Prevention Bill
Police Say Body Cameras Don’t Work Under State Law

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
With no tourism office to brag about its beauty, Washington state looks for more funds

NW Public Radio
Washington Senators Propose 11.7 Cent Gas Tax Increase For Roads (Liias)
Wash. Attorney General Wants To Limit Access To Tobacco To 21 And Over

Q13 TV (FOX)
Coroner requests inquest into Pasco orchard worker’s shooting; witnesses say he was telling cops ‘to stop’
Vaccine critic keeps seat on local regional health board
Second case of measles confirmed in Port Angeles
Four injured in SR 99 tunnel project after wall collapse, 25-foot fall
Local mom pushes for newborn screening test in Washington


Capitol Record (TVW)
Senate transportation leaders propose $15 billion package, new gas tax (Liias, Hobbs, Jayapal, Clibborn)
Proposal would amend state’s Death with Dignity Act
Anti-vaping bill targets youth use, raises taxes

Inslee seeks to curb kids’ use of e-cigarettes (Frockt, Pollet)
Mixed Reception for lawmaker’s family news
Senators reach bipartisan transportation deal (Liias, Hobbs, Clibborn, Nelson)
Opinion: Field Notes from Olympia: The power of language and the “fear grimace”

Senate Republicans to Release Transportation Package

Legislature Pays for Increased Costs Related to Fires, Lawsuits in 2015 Supplemental Budget

Seattle P.I.
Senate transportation plan hikes gas prices by 11.7 cents a gallon (Liias, Hobbs)
Poll: Big majority for banning nicotine products for those under 21

Four Workers Injured in Accident Near the North End of the Bertha Tunnel

The Stand
Opinion: Today’s math lesson: Rising costs > state revenue growth = deficit

West Seattle Blog
Another new baby for Puget Sound’s endangered orcas: Welcome, J51!

Washington State Wire
Bipartisan Group of Senators Unveil $15B Transportation Package (Hobbs, Liias, Nelson, Sullivan, Clibborn)