Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, April 9


Associated Press
House passes notification bill on police-returned guns
Distracted driving bill dies in Olympia (Clibborn)
Senate OKs post-conviction preservation of DNA (Hasegawa, Orwall)
Senators propose $3.9 billion state construction budget (Dunshee)
Legislature approves landslide mapping bill; goes to Inslee
Some Washington state VA facilities face wait times woes
Washington tribe sues to block oil trains across its land
Snow that replenishes Washington reservoirs sets record low

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Swinomish tribe suing rail company to stop Bakken oil trains
Lawmakers can’t mandate $1,000 annual raises for state workers
State suspends license of Whatcom County nurse accused of pointing handgun at six people
Legislature approves landslide mapping bill; goes to Inslee
Editorial reprint: State should collect online sales tax

Bothell Reporter
House approves two-year budget, invests billions in education (Sullivan, Santos, Kagi, Jinkins, Hunter)

At Vancouver VA, 4.1% of wait times at least 31 days
Cantwell: Act now on oil trains
Senate’s construction plan includes Vancouver waterfront funds (Cleveland)
Editorial: ‘Levy Swap’ for Schools
Camden: Senate games over budget votes cross into foolishness

The Daily News
Guest Column: Cities need their fair share of marijuana revenue

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Landslide-mapping bill approved and sent to governor
Cornfield: Balance of power between GOP and Dems should bode well in the state legislature (Chopp)
Washington Post: 9% in U.S. have anger issues, access to guns
Milbank: Why must we humiliate those in poverty?
Op-ed: Transit agencies need state, federal support
Letter: State laws are actually quite clear

Kirkland Reporter
House approves two-year budget, invests billions in education (Sullivan, Santos, Kagi, Hunter, Jinkins)
Governor, lawmakers meet to discuss budget (Chopp)
Governor praises Kirkland, others for increasing solar energy installations

News Tribune (subscription required)
Washington taxpayers face the middle ground; Alaska does best, Illinois worst in national survey
Lawmakers can’t mandate $1,000 annual raises for state workers
Lawmakers look to add mental health beds (Keiser, Conway)
Under the Dome: Thursday, (April 9), the 88th day of the 105-day legislative session
Opinion: Matt Driscoll: Budget writers eying pot revenue is business as usual in Olympia

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: State should collect online sales tax (Carlyle)

Peninsula Daily News
State Senate capital budget proposes millions in funding for Peninsula projects — with impacts from Forks to Port Townsend (Hargrove, Tharinger, Van De Wege)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Washington one of two states with dip in health exchange enrollment
Boeing’s South Carolina workers make $10 less per hour than those in Everett

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Footage of police shooting makes a difference
LEAD program for low-level drug criminals sees success
Seattle School Board not keen to enter charter-school business
Editorial: State must rise to federal judge’s rebuke on mental health system
Guest Opinion: It’s time to change our thinking about those with mental illness

Spokesman Review
WaLeg Day 87: Lots of votes expected (Orwall)
Washington House passes gun bill based on Spokane murder-suicide (Billig, Ormsby)
Fruit shipper sues BNSF railroad
Bill to raise I-90 section to 75 mph heads to Inslee (Billig, Liias)
Editorial: WSU leadership has taken school far in push for med school

Vancouver Business Journal
Cantwell joins local leaders, calls for oil train safety

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Magical thinking in Olympia isn’t going to conjure up a state budget

Yakima Herald Republic
Sen. Patty Murray sounds out YVCC students about challenges paying for education


Washington’s first charter school given deadline to address concerns
Student activists interrupt UW Board of Regents meeting
Study suggests fracking could release radon from ground
Winter snowpack at only 22 percent of normal on April 1

Sen. Cantwell: Don’t wait for oil train explosion to improve safety

Research Shows Seattle’s Program To Connect Low-Level Offenders With Services Is Working

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Extreme ‘Distracted Driver’ bill deserved to die in committee (Clibborn)

Q13 TV (FOX)
Inquest ordered in fatal shooting of man by Kent police


Capitol Record (TVW)
Senate hears testimony on $3.9 billion capital budget proposal
Cutoff deadline: What’s alive, what stalled

Opinion: Tax reform is the only way to ensure seniors get the care they deserve
Senate wants to protect concert tickets from computer ‘bots’ (Van De Wege)
State looking to do more for homeless youth
Tunnel Expert Review Panel: Project won’t exceed $3.1 billion budget

Voters Don’t Like Legislature’s Decision to Ignore Class-Size Initiative (Kohl-Welles, Traleton, Pedersen)
GOP Budget Creates McCleary Collision Course (Frockt)

The Stand
Minimum Wage History Project launches Saturday in Seattle