Washington State House Democrats


Monday, January 11


Associated Press
Washington lawmakers return to Capitol for 60-day session
The Latest: Father of Washington school shooter sentenced
5 things to watch in Washington Legislature this year
Secondhand smoke hits almost half of teens who don’t smoke
Education, Real ID, among state Legislature’s priorities for 2016
Plans for Hanford national park to open for public comment

Aberdeen Daily World
Auditor’s office closures frustrate commissioners

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Union pushes for more training for Washington paraeducators

Central Kitsap Reporter
Cowlitz, Sammamish, and Suquamish among possible names for fourth new ferry

Short session, long list for legislators (Rolfes, Moeller, Cleveland, Wylie)
Letter: Backward thinking regarding transit
Morning Press: Legislative session, chum salmon return, police contract

The Daily News
Legislators expect school funding to dominate upcoming session (Blake, Rossetti, Takko)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Legislators tackling ‘a lot of little stuff’ during quick 60-day session (Chopp, Dunshee, Sheldon)
Everett looks to state to help fund homelessness initiative (Robinson)
Opening Day 2016: Inmate releases, clean air rules and a minimum wage hike
Op-ed: Closer look at our schools provides hope, path for action
Bloomberg: Courts unlikely to stop expanded background check
Editorial: Licenses not only ID concern
Editorial: Potential in state, federal gun safety steps

News Tribune (subscription required)
‘Levy cliff’ looms over Legislature’s education funding debate
Jail’s new mental health director: ‘There’s a lot of human suffering occurring’
Lawmakers are bystanders on big 2016 decisions
Olympia politicians: Avoid these clichés like the plague
Charter school supporters, lawmakers look to overcome court-issued hurdles
Op-Ed: State falls short on Medicaid reimbursements
Op-Ed by Rep. Jinkins: Legislators must target inequity this session
Op-Ed by Rep. Kilduff: Justice shouldn’t be denied to low-income citizens
Editorial: Forget 2016, lawmakers punt McCleary fix to 2017 (Sullivan, Rolfes)

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Legislative progress: A new plan for K-12 funding

Oregon’s recreational pot shoppers adjust to 25 percent sales tax

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: Peninsula lawmakers start legislative session today with focus on education finance reform, area projects (Hargrove, Tharinger, Van De Wege)
Gov. Inslee asks for disaster assistance from President Obama for storm damage in 31 counties

Puget Sound Business Journal
Why the American Dream is often out of reach for legal immigrants, including Jenny Choi
These are Washington state’s fastest-growing exports
Op-ed: Protect more than 100 at-risk dental practices this legislative session

Seattle Times (subscription required)
New Sound Transit CEO expected to work nonstop for $300,000
Amazon’s delivery ambitions take on industry giants
Police release graphic dash-cam video of shooting in Kerry Park
KPLU mounts campaign to buy its independence amid UW offer
Editorial: On state education funding, what’s taking so long?
Editorial: The 4 things the Legislature must tackle now — and 1 thing to sideline

Skagit Valley Herald
Retail marijuana prices dipping

Spokesman Review
Getting There: Small airports get a boost in Washington state funding
Spokane, state experiencing shortage of cooks
Washington legislative session expected to be shorter, focused on education
Spin Control: Following the Legislature from the comfort of home
Smart Bombs: Standoff could yield common ground
Editorial: Good news for charter schools

Tri-City Herald
2016 Legislature: Irrigators propose Columbia River water sales

Vancouver Business Journal
New year brings new laws for business owners

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
State legislators push to raise smoking age to 21 (Orwall)

Yakima Herald Republic
Education, mental health, wildfire preparedness top list of concerns as 2016 Legislature convenes Monday
Editorial: Legislature has a lot to do and not a lot of time


Education tops agenda in short legislative session
New Everett cafe brews coffee and jobs for homeless teens
SPD Chief, Microsoft CEO to attend State of the Union
Lands commissioner fights to head off wildfires early

DOC early release scandal a big topic at new Legislative session
Proposal gives tax breaks to keep rents low

A Plan For A Plan: Lawmakers Commit To Finding Solution To McCleary School Funding Case By 2017
Willapa Bay Oyster Farmers Ask State Again For Permission To Use Neurotoxin

It’s Not About Trans People (But Keep Bathrooms Separated), Lawmaker Says
Even Seattle Sends A Lobbyist To Olympia

NW Public Radio
Schools, Not Pot, Are Priority As Washington Legislature Reconvenes (Rolfes)

Q13 TV (FOX)
Seattle Police Chief, Microsoft CEO among First Lady’s guests at State of the Union address


West coast states dropping prescription requirement for birth control
New bill aims to preserve the affordable housing we don’t even know exists
Why a blue state elects a purple government (Chopp)

This Session, Let’s Make Shared Prosperity the Top Priority

Bertha: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Fifteen Seattle Times Staffers—Some Who’ve Been There for Decades—Will Leave the Paper After Buyouts
Advocates Expected to File Minimum Wage Initiative Monday
Green Sheet Special: 2016 Legislative Overview