Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, March 4


Associated Press
Sen. Cantwell to introduce bill on oil train safety standards
Washington state spill covers 50 birds in used motor oil
Boost in minimum wage to $12 wins backing in state House (Farrell, Sullivan, Jinkins)
Washington House readies its version of pot-market overhaul (Carlyle)
Federal court upholds protection for threatened marbled murrelets by rejecting timber industry lawsuit
State House OKs bill to require paid sick leave (Jinkins)
Senate OKs bill that would add prison time for drone crimes
ACLU seeks more than $2.8M in legal costs from Yakima
Pot growers convicted on federal count in state where it’s legal
State Senate votes to move up presidential primary

Aberdeen Daily World
DOE releases report on oil transportation
Letter: Public schools are a bargain

Bainbridge Island Review
Senate passes $15 billion transportation package, 11.7-cent gas tax increase in Monday’s session (Sullivan, Hobbs, Liias)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Cantwell proposes bill to fast-track oil train safety standards
Washington House unanimously passes revenge porn bill (Wylie)
Blog: Leaking cars, vapor pressure, vessel traffic among concerns in Ecology’s final oil transportation study

In Our View: Map Sites that Pose Hazard
Camden: Washingtonians’ excuses for not voting run the gamut (Hunter)
State’s effective property tax rate bests U.S. average

The Daily News
State Senate passes marijuana research bill

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Editorial: Work ahead yet for legislators (Senate transportation bill)

Kirkland Reporter
45th District lawmakers to host town-hall meeting in Woodinville (Springer, Goodman)

Maple Valley Reporter
Final oil transportation study delivered to Legislature | Washington Department of Ecology

News Tribune (subscription required)
House passes Tacoma lawmaker’s sick leave law (Jinkins, Peterson)
Senate OKs requiring warning labels, child-resistant packaging on vapor products
Under the Dome: Wednesday, March 4, the 52nd day of the 105-day legislative session (Hunter)
Editorial: Lawmakers must prepare state for a Bakken oil spill

Peninsula Daily News
NEWS BRIEFS: Bill to make part of U.S. Highway 101 into Medal of Honor Highway passes Senate . . . and other items (Hargrove)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Hey, state reps: Every tech company in Washington wants you to pass this bill (Hansen)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Moneytree leads push to loosen state’s payday-lending law (Springer, Pettigrew, Sullivan, Nelson, Liias)
UW tops new list of best western universities | Education Lab
Bill would strengthen law on student restraint, seclusion (Pollet)
Political paralysis is new normal | Danny Westneat
Car2Go expands to cover all of Seattle
Guest Opinion: Why we need to teach all students computer-science skills (Hansen)
Mark Higgins: State should partner with tribes on legalized marijuana (Hurst, McCoy)

Skagit Valley Herald
Oil train safety report goes to Legislature

Spokesman Review
Washington Senate passes bill to raise minimum wage to $12 (Chopp, Farrell, Ormsby)
Groups file lawsuit over feds’ wolf kill plan
‘Partial victory’ for remaining Kettle Falls Five, as jurors acquit family of most charges
Spokane man gets five years in hash oil explosion

Stanwood Camano News
Pay-per-view: Agencies ask Legislature for records requests fee (Moeller, Gregerson, Springer, Hunt, Fey)

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Construction will cause traffic changes, potential delays at dock

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Columbia County readies for pot hearing
Part of $15B package, Highway 12 passes Senate hurdle
Editorial – Extravaganza should be a boon for the local economy

Woodinville Weekly
Bills would make college a reality for more veterans and active service members (Stanford)

Yakima Herald Republic
ACLU seeks $2.8 million in legal costs from Yakima in voting rights case
State tourism officials want Legislature to help build up the brand (Appleton)
Editorial: Redistricting panel works, if high court lets us keep it


‘Revenge porn’ civil liability bill passes in Wash. (Wylie)

Offensive comments from senator upsets minority leaders

Washington House votes to raise hourly minimum wage to $12
Thousands of railroad crossings never inspected
State Senate approves bill to make WHL players ‘amateurs’
11 big profitable companies pay no tax

Scare tactics won’t work when trying to get parents to vaccinate their kids
State house passes $12 minimum wage

State Senate votes to move up presidential primary
$12 minimum wage bill passes state House (Video) (Farrell)

Washington House Passes $12 Minimum Wage (Farrell)
Homeless Families Wait Six Months Or More For Housing In King County
By The Numbers: What Homelessness Looks Like Here
Should Judges Lock Kids Up For Skipping School? (Darneille)
Navy’s Proposed Electronic Warfare Range Hits State Roadblock

Republican lawmaker under fire for calling out ‘colored’ people (Hasegawa)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Does Gov. Jay Inslee want to keep people smoking cigarettes?
Republicans supporting tax increases are ignoring their constituents
PRO-TAX traitors in the GOP? Not so fast

NW Public Radio
Should Judges Lock Kids Up For Skipping School? (Darneille)
Washington House Passes $12 Minimum Wage (Farrell)
Northwest Lawmakers Mull Higher Speed Limits

Q13 TV (FOX)
State House passes, sends Senate bills to raise minimum wage to $12, require paid sick leave (Jinkins)
State Senate OKs bill that would add prison time for drone crimes


Capitol Record (TVW)
House votes $12 minimum wage off floor (Farrell, Sullivan, Jayapal)
House passes bill that limits use of restraints, isolation in Washington schools (Pollet)
Pot vending machines, drive-thrus would be no-go under bill passed by Senate

$12 minimum wage passes House, moves to Senate (Farrell, Jinkins, Chopp, Sullivan)

Geek Wire
Dozens of tech, education & nonprofit execs urge passage of Washington computer science bill (Hunter)

HDC Advance
House passes minimum wage and paid sick leave bills (Farrell, Jinkins, Sells)
Walkinshaw’s opioid antagonist bill clears House
House passes “revenge porn” bill unanimously (Wylie, Orwall)

Minimum Wage

PHOTO: Learning about the Legislature (Van De Wege)

Developers Ask City Hearings Examiner to Overrule DPD (Hobbs, Cleveland)

The Economic Contributions of Immigrants in Washington State

What Happened in Olympia With the $15 Billion Transportation Package (Jayapal, Hobbs)
Washington State House Passes $12 Hourly Minimum Wage (Reykdal)
Eastern Washington Medical Marijuana Growers Acquitted on Four of Five Federal Charges

SDC Hopper
Sen. Sharon Nelson applauds State House for helping close the wage gap

The Stand
WSLC applauds House action on minimum wage, sick leave
Sign petition for state tax system that’s fair, stable, accountable (Carlyle)
WSLC: Lose poison pills, pass ‘clean’ transportation package (Cleveland, Hobbs)

Washington State Wire
House Passes Minimum Wage Increase to $12, Paid Sick Leave (Jinkins, Peterson)