Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Feb 18


Associated Press
House committee weighs bill to abolish death penalty (Carlyle)
Lawmakers: Fixing Washington education could hit $6 billion (Hunter)
White House puts immigration plans on hold after ruling
Obamacare sign-ups for subsidized plans top 11M
Federal judge selects ACLU plan for new Yakima City Council districts
State legislation aims to scale back vaccination exemptions in response to measles outbreak
State considers changing 2016 presidential primary
US labor official looks to untangle West Coast port dispute

Aberdeen Daily World
Fiery oil-train crash probed by U.S. rail, pipeline regulators
Lessons from Japan on local tsunami history, threat
Light oil discharged into Hoquiam River from former mill site
Elma pot farm gets its license

Bainbridge Island Review
$15 billion bi-partisan Senate transportation plan unveiled (Hobbs, Liias, Jayapal, Ranker, Habib)
Rolfes and Appleton bill would require crisis intervention training statewide (Rolfes, Appleton)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
West Virginia, Canada derailments renew focus on oil tank cars
Tacoma delays closure of unlicensed marijuana stores
Editorial reprint: Exchange wisely extends enrollment
Editorial: Exchange wisely extends enrollment

Snowpack — water storage — severely sparse
House bill targets illicit massage parlors (Wylie)
In Our View: Oil Terminal a Bad Idea
Camden: Legislators may rethink how many days they work (Kohl-Welles)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett drivers will pay an additional $20 for car tabs
Lt. Gov. Owen says behavior of GOP senator is inappropriate and must stop (Owen, Nelson)
Lawmakers take up bill to allow fewer vaccination exemptions (Robinson)
Paine Field commercial flights met with opposition at hearing
Editorial: 2015 Legislature: Study of little fish a big deal (Rolfes)

News Tribune (subscription required)
What Lt. Gov. Owen had to say to Sen. Pam Roach
Washington lawmakers consider medical marijuana to treat PTSD (Hobbs)
Under the Dome: Wednesday, February 18, the 38th day of the 105-day legislative session
Tacoma delays closure of unlicensed marijuana stores
With eye on Point Ruston, state lawmakers to take testimony on annexation (Fey)
Washington considers changing 2016 presidential primary
Editorial: Road-and-transit deal deserves bipartisan support

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Exchange wisely extends enrollment

Peninsula Daily News
Measles cases on North Olympic Peninsula hold steady at two as officials await test results
Serenity House closes overnight homeless shelter in Port Angeles due to budget constraints

Puget Sound Business Journal
New bill would raise Washington minimum wage, kill Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law
Private hospitals could win big as state struggles to comply with Supreme Court psychiatric bed decision
Boeing: Proposed aerospace tax break accountability bill ‘harmful and unnecessary’ (Robinson)
Will ruling on Obama’s immigration actions help end DHS funding impasse? (Video)

Redmond Reporter
Legislative video testimony bill passes Senate (Habib)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Vaccination-exemption data missing for 300 state schools
Bill would nix Seattle minimum wage, but raise it statewide
Franklin drops gender from its graduation
Zillow cutting 350 jobs after Trulia deal
Quarrel in port talks boils down to arbitrator
Magnitude-4.3 earthquake jolts central Washington
Mayor highlights bus service, preschool program, minimum wage boost
Olympia Watch: Should school bonds pass with majority vote? (Gregerson, Pollet)

Seattle Weekly
Activists Can’t Stop the Youth Detention Center. So What Now?
How Bertha Beat Out the Surface-Street Option
As Seattle’s Homeless Encampments Multiply, Questions About Leadership Emerge

Spokesman Review
Wrongful imprisonment claims fail before Spokane judge
Washington panel mulls bill to trim vaccine exemptions (Robinson)
McMorris Rodgers: Obama’s immigration actions defy his presidential power
WSU medical school bills take detour in House, Senate (Riccelli, Hunter)
Letter: Leave teens alone, Baumgartner
Letter: Test drive Inslee’s plan
Editorial: Presidential primary might give Washington voice

Tri-City Herald
Richland to try to get state money for Queensgate connector bridge

Yakima Herald Republic
Federal judge orders district voting for Yakima in ACLU case
Three Lower Valley dairies agree to plan to combat pollution


KHQ Q6 (Spokane)
Proposal to raise the smoking age moves forward in Washington State (Orwall)

Bill would bring stability to homeless children
‘Aiden’s Bill’ aims to boost protections for endangered kids
Seattle’s building boom often comes without parking
Dramatic draw down of Lake Tapps

New bill would replace death penalty with life sentences
Hundreds to protest Pasco police shooting in downtown Seattle
Proposed law would require 90-day notice before rent jumps more than 10 percent
What’s being done to stop debt collectors using questionable tactics?
Vaccine skeptics oppose tighter state law

Two Best Friends And An Immigration Secret In Seattle
Ports Slowdown Hurts Local Businesses
Move To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Draws Opposition From Some Parents
Man beaten by Seattle police: Video saved me

Adoptive Parents Of Severely Abused Boy Testify For ‘Aiden’s Law’

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
State Sen. Pam Roach says political enemies want her out of office

NW Public Radio
Federal Judge Rules Against City Of Yakima In Voting Rights Challenge
Pasco Residents Call For Federal Investigation Of Police Shooting
Adoptive Parents Of Severely Abused Boy Testify For ‘Aiden’s Law’

The Sports Network
Canadian lawyer enters debate in Washington state over jr. hockey wages (Sells)


Capitol Record (TVW)
Vaccines debated as lawmakers consider eliminating personal belief exemption (Robinson)
Secretary of State proposes changes to Washington presidential primary
Veterans say PTSD should qualify for medical marijuana use (Hobbs, Kohl-Welles)

Pam Roach says she has highly placed enemies
Bill would outlaw dealing in human remains (Appleton, Goodman)
Guest Opinion: Part-time faculty at community colleges need rights

HDC Advance
Washington has the worst taxes on average earners

Give Washington Voters the Choice Between a Gas Tax and a Carbon Tax

PT Leader
From Olympia: Voters’ demand: Lower class sizes; school districts’ dilemma: Paying for it (Ortiz-Self, Hunter)

City’s Newest Micropark to Open in Lower Queen Anne

Seattle P.I.
Commerce secretary cites ‘enormous’ stakes in port slowdown
Affordable Care Act signs up 11.4 million for health insurance
Mayor Murray: Multiple summits to climb while remaking city government
Washington secretary of state says we need 2016 presidential primary that counts
Justice Ginsburg: Abortion restrictions hit poor women

The City’s Lobbyists in Olympia Don’t Know What’s Going on with Pot in Olympia (Kohl-Welles)
The Viaduct Is Still Sinking

The Stand
‘Live on Less:’ Space Needle hands out advice, not raises
Building Trades: Transportation plan in Senate is ‘disappointing’ (Hobbs)

Washington State Wire
Spat over Solar Power Leaves Tangle of Bills Needing to Move Before Cutoff (Fey, Morris)