Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, March 18


Associated Press
Judge won’t block part of Seattle’s minimum wage law
State Supreme Court hears case about ag worker rest breaks
Premera Blue Cross says data breach could affect 11M people
State is close to raising tolls on Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Zombies swarm Olympia, but they’re just lobbying
Washington health officials warn hantavirus risks higher now
Canada safety board says tank car standards needed sooner

Aberdeen Daily World
Panel will recommend major redo of county’s public safety facilities on 20-year plan
Educators, legislators to discuss education at town hall meeting (Blake)
NW Forest Plan meeting tomorrow

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
On Vashon Island, families divided about high unvaccinated rate
Op-ed: Bills would improve nursing home staffing in Washington (Tharinger, Cody)

Bothell Reporter
Gun control bills holstered | Cartoon

Central Kitsap Reporter
Kreidler issues statement on Premera’s cyberattack
State’s largest wildfire disaster captures lawmakers’ attention (Blake)

Singletary: More work needed on student loan debt
In Our View: Time to Tax Online Sales
Camden: Medical school prescription is rooted in our history

The Daily News
Faith-based option to Obamacare gains foothold in Cowlitz County
Millennium: China’s plan to reduce coal use won’t impact Longview terminal

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Peterson’s bill on paint recycling has Tuesday Senate hearing
Editorial: A darker side to e-cigarettes

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Narrows Bridge toll increases close to a done deal
Other Seattle tunnel boring machine reaches first milestone

News Tribune (subscription required)
Western State Hospital reopens to detentions
Under the Dome: Wednesday, March 18, the 66th day of the 105-day legislative session
Editorial: Will House drop its cowardice, regain school funds?

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Transparency bills deserve action (Billig, Moeller)

Puget Sound Business Journal
6 million Washington patients affected by Premera cyber attack
Franchise group loses fight to block Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Truth Needle: Is $15 wage dooming Seattle restaurants? Owners say no
In Darrington, ‘recovery is a marathon, not a sprint’
Judge rejects franchises’ bid to stop part of Seattle minimum-wage law
The rich got richer fastest in Seattle, study finds
Danny Westneat: Hard work, not fads, revives Rainier Beach High
Jon Talton: Taking a deeper dive at inequality in Seattle
Guest Opinion: Reducing classroom size for students starts with building more classrooms (Kaiser)
Editorial: DSHS should be mitigating, not litigating, mental-health problems

Seattle Weekly
Payday Lenders Make Progress in Unfriendly Olympia (Liias, Jayapal, Chopp, Springer, Habib)
With Johns Under Fire, a New Program to Help End Prostitution Emerges
Higher Ground: The Stusser Omnibus Marijuana Bill

Skagit Valley Herald
Free access to state parks

Spokesman Review
Zombies show support in Olympia
Premera cyberattack affects 11 million customers
Editorial: Alliance may protect Washington from military cuts
Shawn Vestal: Gun rights advocates take risk by objecting to bill

Tri-City Herald
Cantwell shows support for Tri-Cities Airport baggage system
Our Voice: Robbing Peter to pay Paul bad for Hanford cleanup

USA Today
Wash. state bill looks to cut college tuition up to $5,000 (Kohl-Welles)

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial – DNA evidence should be preserved after conviction

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima will ask federal judge to reconsider ruling on voting districts
State Supreme Court weighs paid breaks for piece-rate workers
Editorial: State justices open process to the public


New I-405 express lane toll rates could reach $10
Judge won’t block part of Seattle’s minimum wage law
Premera security breach exposes 11 million customers
Sammamish tops the U.S. in household income

75 mph proposal gains speed

Federal judge declines to issue injunction against Seattle wage law
Franchise group to keep fighting Seattle minimum wage

‘We Can’t Help You’: The Message To Rural Vets About Health Care
Oregon House Approves Ban On ‘Conversion Therapy’ For Youth
Warm Ocean Temperatures Could Mean Trouble For Marine Life
Would Automatic Voter Registration Increase Turnout?
Judge Denies Injunction In Lawsuit Against Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage
Even Zombies May Not Scare Inslee Into Expanding Film Tax Credit
Tougher Rules On Vaping Products Get Legislative Debate
Researchers Probe Pros and Cons Of Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Bike riders may soon get to legally run red lights

NW Public Radio
Lawmakers Ponder Whether To Green Light Red Light Running By Cyclists

Q13 TV (FOX)
Judge denies injunction against Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law; first increases take effect April 1
State commission approves toll increases for SR 520, Tacoma Narrows bridges
The other tunnel boring machine, ‘Brenda’, reaches first milestone


Zombies lobby in Olympia (Kohl-Welles, Billig)
State is looking at what to do if no budget is approved
Daily Troll: Tuesday 17 March – About that minimum wage

HDC Advance
Distaste for Debate is Ominous Message from Senate (Sullivan)

Dori Monson on Restaurant Closures: Lying or Illiterate? (minimum wage)

Housing Advocacy Group Calls for $500 Million in City Bonding for Housing
Restaurateurs Say $15 Wage had Nothing to do with Closures

Seattle P.I.
Federal judge won’t block Seattle’s $15 minimum wage

Judge Denies Franchise Association’s Request; Fast Food Workers Will Get a Raise April 1
Parts of Bertha Could Be Brought to Above-Ground Human Realm Starting Tomorrow
Governor Inslee Talks (Briefly) About Seattle’s Plan to Host Shell’s Arctic Drilling Rigs

The Stand
Zombies attack to keep films, jobs in state (Kohl-Welles, Billig)
Boeing had 16 job-cutting efforts in place when it took tax break (Robinson)

Washington State Wire
After Premera Data Breach, Will Lawmakers Pass New Cybersecurity Laws? (Hudgins)