Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, March 5


Associated Press
Washington House votes to restrict surveillance, drones (Goodman, Morris, Hansen)
State House votes to retake tuition-setting power | Legislature 2015
Panel OKs plan to eliminate graduation exams (Frockt)

Aberdeen Daily World
Hoquiam mayor calls for moratorium on all future oil facilities in city
Gas tax Senate passes gas tax increase (Nelson)

Bainbridge Island Review
Op-Ed: Hump Day in Olympia (Chopp)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Blog: Followup to wind study: Coal terminal has own air-pollution report online
Blog: Update on Washington company layoffs
Editorial reprint: Senate joins table on transportation (Fraser)

Bothell Reporter
Senate passes $15 billion transportation package, 11.7-cent gas tax increase (Sullivan, Hobbs, Liias)
Washington State Senate poison pill | Cartoon
House passes minimum wage and paid sick leave bills (Sells, Farrell, Jinkins)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Senate’s transportation package ignites debate (Hobbs, Liias, Jayapal, Habib, Ranker)

Washington pot sales set new daily record: $1.5 million
In Our View: Right to Work = Freedom

Everett Herald
Lower taxes could give craft liquor distilleries a boost
Five-point analysis at Legislature’s midpoint (Chopp)
Stanford says his bill would make college affordable for service members (Stanford)
Editorial: Put a woman on the $20 bill

Islands’ Sounder
New state report shows status of salmon recovery

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Ranker: transportation bill robs education, environment for roads

Kirkland Reporter
Senate passes $15 billion transportation package, 11.7-cent gas tax increase (Sullivan, Hobbs, Liias)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Insurance chief warns of ripple effect if court dings Obamacare
Kingston ferry misses several sailings

News Tribune (subscription required)
Hospitals, senators want more data on mental-health releases
Under the Dome: Thursday, March 5, the 53rd day of the 105-day legislative session
Editorial: A transportation breakthrough in the state Senate

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Senate joins table on transportation (Fraser)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Video: Bertha ready for repairs
Patients fear medical pot may not fare well with new rules (Cody, Kohl-Welles)
Should young hockey players be exempt from labor law? (Ormsby, Riccelli, Sells)
Oregon tops nation in food stamps
Guest Opinion: Why we need to teach all students computer-science skills
Guest Opinion: Public universities are crucial for the greater good

Spokesman Review
WSU med school backers seek ‘clean’ bill (Riccelli, Ormsby, Carlyle, Hunter, Hansen)
Senate passes bill requiring data on mentally ill patients turned away
Washington Fish and Wildlife’s new director draws from 30-year career
Washington Senate passes bill allowing wolf protection to be lifted (Hatfield, Billig)
Editorial: State gas tax can’t finance work needed for highways

Tri-City Herald
Marijuana gets lift as 2016 presidential race takes shape
Work starting to catch, treat oil-soaked birds near Sunnyside (w/video)

Vancouver Business Journal
Getting Washington back in the game of tourism marketing

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
$12 minimum wage bill goes to state Senate

Yakima Herald Republic
Inslee in Yakima calls for investment in early learning


Low snowpack prompts power concerns for utilities
Schools battle obesity by changing where, when students eat

Costly ferry repairs being put to the test
Marijuana business served notice of violation
State’s newest ferry, Tokitae, back in service after repairs

Pierce County: Illegal pot store could be fined $1K a day
‘Joel’s Law’ on mental illness passes state Senate (Video)
Issaquah firefighters work to extinguish hunger at local school

Study Highlights Washington’s Gender Wage Gap
Seattle’s Preschool Program Is Starting To Take Shape With A Little Help From Boston

Privacy Or Funding: The Tough Choice In Combating Homelessness
Tacoma Hopes Light Rail Connection To Seattle Gets Funded
Northwest Officials Unite Against Coal And Oil Trains
Locked Up At Age 11: One Truant’s Cycle In And Out Of Juvenile Detention

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
It’s possible to stop a heroin overdose death with this drug (Walkinshaw)

NW Public Radio
Bill Would Allow Families Of Mentally Ill To Petition For Involuntary Treatment
Northwest Officials Unite Against Coal And Oil Trains

Q13 TV (FOX)
Working women in Washington making 78 cents to every dollar a man makes


Washington fail: College-educated women earn less than men with just a high school diploma
Praise for Selma march, no action on voting rights (Habib, Liias, Nelson)
Senate wants new wolf management approach (Hatfield)

State House Democrats Kill Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill, and With It, Countless Innocent Lives     (Sullivan, Chopp)

Affordable Housing Candidate Got House on Foreclosure Market (Farrell, Kinkins, Jayapal, Habib, Nelson)

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Oishi pages in Olympia (Santos)

Seattle P.I.
The Morning News: Homeless Families Are Waiting Six Months for Housing in King County
What’s happening this week in the state Legislature

The Stand
The dismantling of workers’ compensation
Opinion: Sign this petition to oppose electrical deregulation in state

Washington State Wire
Low-Carbon Fuels Debate Fires Up in Washington, Oregon Legislatures (Ranker)