Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, March 3


Associated Press
Washington state House to vote on $12 minimum wage
Inslee signs Medal of Valor bill for Oso mudslide communities
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen rules higher Senate threshold for new taxes unconstitutional (Owen)
Senate approves nearly 12 cent gas increase for Wash. drivers (Hobbs, Pedersen, Sullivan)
Senate passes bill to ban pot vending machines, drive-throughs
Bill making it illegal to leave animals in vehicles amid heat, cold clears state Senate (Kohl-Welles)
Washington House, Senate consider contrasting labor bills (Chopp)
State Senate passes $15 billion transportation package (Hobbs, Liias, McCoy, McAuliffe, Chase)

Ballard News Tribune
Marijuana research bill approved by Senate (Kohl-Welles)
Erik Nielsen serves as page in state Senate (Kohl-Welles)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
February was warmest on record in Bellingham
House passes bill for rape kit testing (Orwall)
Governor talks tuition, college funding during WWU visit
2 Yakima corrections officers fired for sexual comments
Blog: Whatcom Council’s Kremen says he will not run, ending 31 years in public office

Bothell Reporter
Bill prohibiting children from being forcibly restrained in schools passes House (Pollet, Santos)
House passes Stanford bill to make college more affordable for active duty service members (Stanford)
Rep. Jessyn Farrell’s minimum wage bill up for a vote on the floor tomorrow (Farrell)
New assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards | Francois

Central Kitsap Reporter
Bill would expand telecommunications options to rural communities (Rolfes)
Legislation pending that could alter state’s wolf management efforts
Commercial public records requests would become a revenue resource for agencies (Moeller, Gregerson, Springer, Hunt, Fey)
Legislation would raise awareness of, and efforts against, human trafficking (Kohl-Welles)

Benton, Cleveland vote against transportation package (Cleveland, Moeller)
Killing puts spotlight on Pasco’s troubles
Vancouver extends moratorium on crude oil facilities
Governor signs Medal of Valor bill for Oso rescuers

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Moscoso says his state voting rights act would make handling complaints simpler (Moscoso)
House plans vote Tuesday on hiking minimum wage (Chopp)
Bill creating Silver Alert system clears Senate
Editorial: Restore bears to the wilderness

Islands’ Sounder
Ranker on passage of transportation plan (Ranker)

Issaquah Reporter
Transportation package passes State Senate, approves traffic relief for Interstates 90 and and 405, State Route 520

Kent Reporter
House approves Orwall bill to ensure testing of all rape kits (Orwall)
Ecology department issues recommendations for transporting oil through state
House Majority Leader Sullivan says bad outweighs good in Senate transportation package (Sullivan)
Kent’s Kiel serves as page for Rep. Bergquist (Bergquist)

Kirkland Reporter
House passes Stanford bill to make college more affordable for active duty service members (Stanford)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State ponders more robust alert system for seniors (Appleton)
Senate passes $15 billion transportation package (Rolfes, Pedersen)

Maple Valley Reporter
Tahoma’s ‘We the People’ team visits Capitol (Mullet)

News Tribune (subscription required)
2/3-for-taxes rule ruled unconstitutional in state Senate
Senate passes $15 billion transportation package (Hobbs, Pederson, Sullivan, Darneille)
House passes bill for rape kit testing (Orwall)
Bill to protect elderly from theft, abuse passes House
Under the Dome: Tuesday, March 3, the 51st day of the 105-day legislative session (Mullet)
House passes bill to limit restraint, isolation of students

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Confidence is key for 24-year-old lawmaker (Hunt)
Senate OKs transportation package, boost in gas tax (Hobbs, Clibborn, Hasegawa)

Skagit Valley Herald
Bill to allow long-term lease of Northern State moves forward

Spokesman Review
Gas tax increase passes Washington Senate (Cleveland)
Senate says no to pot drive-thru, vending machines
Shea says student-tracking bill poses terror risk to military families
Pot charges ‘overzealous,’ federal jury told during closing arguments
Shawn Vestal: NAACP leader confronts hate with confidence
Editorial: Department of Agriculture apple maggot rules add to Barr-Tech’s composting costs

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Thumbs down to title-only bills in the Legislature

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Washington lawmaker tries to tackle major rape kit backlog (Orwall)

West Seattle Weekly
Erik Nielsen serves as page in state Senate (Kohl-Welles)

Yakima Herald Republic
Up to 1,500 gallons of oil has permeated 24 miles of waterways
Low oil prices cut state fund for toxic waste cleanup


Bank ‘break-ins’ show need to update WA foreclosure law
California case reignites Washington death penalty debate

Lawmakers to vote on statewide $12/hour minimum wage
‘Silver Alert’ for mentally impaired adults clears major hurdle

Environmental Groups Sue Port Of Seattle Over Lease For Shell’s Arctic Drilling Fleet

The Transportation Package That Could (Maybe) (Farrell)
After 10-Year Plan, Why Does Seattle Have More Homeless Than Ever?
Mayor Hopes To Ease Competition Between Buses, Freight, Cars And Bikes With 10-Year Plan
$12 Minimum Wage Vote Likely In Washington House (Chopp)
Washington Senate Passes 11.7 Cent Gas Tax Hike; Heads To House (Jayapal, Mullet)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
State ranks No. 2 in identity theft complaints

Q13 TV (FOX)
Washington state House to vote on raising minimum wage to historic levels


Capitol Record (TVW)
Senate passes transportation package following decision on two-thirds rule (Mullet, Nelson, Cleveland, Sullivan)

Ed Murray’s transportation plan: Is everybody happy?
Senate puts transportation into higher gear (Hobbs)
Guest Opinion: Transportation bill neuters WA’s climate change response for next 16 years (Jayapal)

HDC Advance
Washington Lt. Governor Tosses Two-Thirds Rule For ‘New’ Taxes
Washington Senate Passes 11.7 Cent Gas Tax Hike; Heads To House (Jayapal, Mullet)

Democratic State AG Schools Democratic Sponsors of Payday Legislation (Liias, Springer, Nelson, Pettigrew, Santos, Tarleton, Cleveland)
Democrats win on two-thirds rule, but lose on framing the issue (Pedersen, Jayapal, Billig, Hasegawa, Clibborn)

SDC Hopper
Transportation package advances through Senate (Hargrove)
Sen. Hobbs: Transportation “investments will put our state on solid ground for generations to come” (Hobbs)
Sen. Hobbs: Hold all taxes to the same standard (Hobbs)

The Morning News: State Senate Kills Two-Thirds Majority Rule, and These Petitioning Third Graders Are the Best (Carlyle)
Republican State Senator: Poor, “Colored” People Are More Likely to Commit Crimes (Hasegawa)

The Stand
Opinion: Fix fatal flaws in transportation package » (Jayapal)

Washington State Wire
$15B Transportation Package Clears First Test as Lt. Gov. Sweeps Aside 2/3rds Rule (Hobbs, Liias, Sullivan, Jayapal)