Washington State House Democrats


Friday, May 15


Associated Press
Governor signs ‘Joel’s Law’ allowing families to ask judge to commit suicidal, dangerous relatives (Walkinshaw)
USDA creates new government certification for GMO-free foods
Bullying drops, but 1 in 5 kids still a victim
Gov. Inslee signs health care information sharing measure
State revenue forecast moved from June to next week
Gov. Inslee signs oil train safety bill
New law lets family ask judge to commit dangerous relative
Dahlias to brighten state Capitol campus 

Aberdeen Daily World
Subject of consolidation is on the table again
Aberdeen council considering moratorium on oil facilities

Bainbridge Island Review
Op-Ed: Cap-and-trade legislation lives on (Chopp, Fitzgibbon)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Blog:Ericksen to conservative media: Schools feed climate activists ‘propaganda’

Bothell Reporter
Governor signs Rep. Farrell’s Oil Transportation Safety Act (Farrell)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Ferry fares to be discussed at State Transportation Commission meeting May 19-20

Pike gets chilly response to bridge (Wylie)
Gov. Inslee signs oil train safety bill (Farrell)
In Our View: Room For Improvement
Analyst: Oil terminal has less than 50% chance of approval
Fallen local lawmen finally get their due

The Daily News
Editorial via Yakima Herald: Transparency on initiatives gets small win in Legislature

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Inslee signs tougher oil-train law, calls on feds to act
After 2 weeks, legislators still not negotiating a budget (Sullivan, Chopp, Hunter)
CEOs make 373 times what average workers earn (14)
U.S. jobless claims fall to 15-year low
McCusker: We can’t trust the economy to an algorithm
Editorial: Move forward with trade bill

Issaquah Reporter
Issaquah teachers agree to participate in statewide protest against legislature; Walkout to be held May 19

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Double dose of ferry fare hikes on the table in Olympia

Kirkland Reporter
Teachers walkout as legislators work to fund education (Springer)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
OC president honored for leadership

News Tribune (subscription required)
In attempt to speed up budget deal, state to release earlier revenue report (Sullivan)
New law allows hospitals to hold mental patients if no room elsewhere (Jinkins, Darneille)
Gov. Inslee signs bill to encourage testing of rape kits (Orwall)
Puyallup teachers vote for one-day strike
Letter: Don’t shift districts’ levy money
Letter: Use revenue as I-502 intended

Olympian (subscription required)
Letter: Fair access to effective birth control is needed
Letter: Increasing minimum wage would add taxes for state

Peninsula Daily News
Chimacum teachers’ rally set for today’s walkout; Port Angeles, Sequim educators to gather Monday
GUEST COLUMN — It’s time for a strong water-quality rule

Puget Sound Business Journal
Editor’s picks: How America turns away talent — and why that hurts Seattle

Seattle Times (subscription required)
More protests planned after giant oil rig muscles in
New law lets family ask judge to commit dangerous relative
School rallies to help students threatened by hunger, homelessness
Bill would block indicted auditor from increasing pension
Jonathan Martin: Mentally ill prisoners too often stuck in an inhumane limbo
Op-ed: Stop using DNR public timber sales for school funding

Seattle Weekly
Lawmakers, Judges and the Governor Are Getting a Raise

Spokesman Review
Oil train safety bill signed into law
Mental health bill gets Washington Gov. Inslee’s signature
Washington Auditor Troy Kelley’s pension under attack
Shawn Vestal: Paid sick leave won’t kill Spokane businesses
Editorial: Teachers could lose much with walkout

Vancouver Business Journal
Free tax workshop May 20 in Vancouver
L&I to hold safety conference for workers in tree care industry

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: New carbon tax plan is no better than previous one

Yakima Herald Republic
Pot not full of gold for Yakima Valley marijuana retailers


Drought declaration could increase Seattle water rates
Washington governor signs law requiring rape kit testing (Orwall)

Governor may make drought declaration for state of Washington
Nearly 4,700 ferry sailings canceled in last three years
“Joel’s Law” lets family ask judge to commit dangerous relative

New Washington Law Will Eliminate Many Court Fees For Juvenile Offenders  (Kagi)

University Of Washington Dumps Coal Investments
Region’s Tribal Leaders Gather In Seattle To Fight Coal Terminal
‘Joel’s Law’ Signed Allowing Families To Petition For Involuntary Commitment

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
WA rape kit bill symbolic, needs context (Orwall)
Complaints over state lawmaker pay raise are petty

NW Public Radio
‘Joel’s Law’ Signed Allowing Families To Petition For Involuntary Commitment
Washington Governor Signs Bill to Boost Oil Train Safety
New Washington Law To Require Health Insurance Companies To Report Claims
Washington Lawmakers Take Heat After Commission Approves 11 Percent Pay Raise (Rolfes)

Q13 TV (FOX)
How are Washington state lawmakers getting an 11% pay increase?
Tribes ask feds to reject permit for coal-export terminal near Bellingham


Capitol Record (TVW)
Gov. Inslee signs ‘Joel’s Law’ two years after Joel Reuter’s death

GOP senators fear Kelley will game pension system
Low snowpack pushes search for changes (Stanford)

Seattle P.I.
The Shell drilling rig Polar Pioneer arrives in city that’s drilling the energy industry

The Stand
WSLC’s Johnson: Carbon market will spur clean-energy economy