Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, January 20


Associated Press
Ericksen’s bill would prohibit state agency from setting carbon cap
2015 was Earth’s hottest year ever, NOAA and NASA say
Emergency planners work on playbooks for the deadly Big One
Subpoenas approved for documents about release of prisoners (Frockt)
Lawmakers pitch idea of free tuition (Jayapal, Pollet, Frockt)
Bill would prohibit state agency from setting carbon cap (Hobbs)
Judge plans to rule Thursday on Eyman tax measure
Washington gives ranchers money to buy hay after wildfires

Aberdeen Daily World
Study: Renters insurance not cheap on Harbors

Ballard News Tribune
Seattle to open safe lots for homeless, one in Ballard

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Report: Many Whatcom households struggle to make ends meet

Camas Post-Record
OPMA violations should draw steeper penalties (Hunt)

The Daily News
Rossetti proposes legislation to put citizen in charge of work groups (Rossetti, Blake)
Editorial: Election year politics in full swing (Blake)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Subpoenas approved for documents about release of prisoners (Frockt)
State lawmakers propose free community college (Jayapal, Frockt, Pollet)
Judge will rule Thursday on Eyman tax measure
Republican state lawmaker asks teens about their virginity
Bill would prohibit state agency from setting carbon cap
County saw manufacturing boom while jobs disappeared elsewhere
Editorial: Public records’ balancing act

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way lawmakers secure funding for Redondo Beach boardwalk repairs

New York Daily News
Washington state lawmaker shocks teens by asking about their virginity — and suggesting one student is sexually active

News Tribune (subscription required)
VIDEO: 38th annual March for Life rally
How inmates earn time off their sentences
Army moving forward with rocket test at JBLM despite protests over noise

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston County cities gear up for ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft
School-shooting hero to speak at forum
Editorial: Medicaid fraud law needs extension (Keiser)

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: Legislators’ priorities include mental health, education aspects of Gov. Inslee’s supplemental budget (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Hargrove)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle mayor backs marijuana delivery bill (Hurst)
What Obama’s $4B push for self-driving cars means for Seattle – and the cloud
Seattle one of top 10 best educated cities

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Insurance commissioner targets ER’s ‘surprise’ medical bills (Cody)
Bill would prohibit state agency from setting carbon cap (Hobbs)
Seattle ‘safe lots’ to hold homeless living in vehicles
Seattle schools’ before- and aftercare may be displaced for classroom space
Lawmakers approve subpoenas in prison-release probe (Pedersen)
Seattle mayor, city attorney support legal-pot delivery program
Seattle School Board to vote on offering even more students free transit passes
Claim filed in death of mentally ill woman at Snohomish County Jail
Opinion: Deadly wildfires demand more state funding
Editorial: U.S. needs to rethink use of public lands for coal mining

Seattle Weekly
Bertha Who? Seattle Transit Tunneling Is Going Great, and The People Want More

Spokesman Review
Washington state Senate issues subpoenas on inmate releases
Spokane police to expand reporting of use-of-force incidents
Editorial: Bill to expand Spokane County Commission deserves support (Riccelli)

The Stranger
These Republicans Are Waging a War on Choice in Washington State. Tell Them to Stop. (Chopp)

Tri-City Herald
Comments to Kennewick council mostly oppose transgender bathroom restrictions


Judge to rule Thursday on Eyman tax measure
Senate issues subpoenas over accidental inmate release (Nelson)
Bill would require DNA swabs after some arrests (Darneille)
Tacoma prepares for minimum wage hike
Seattle schools’ overcrowding jeopardizes child care programs

Proposed tax on Wash. strip clubs would fund testing of rape kits
Free community college? 5 things to know about ‘Washington Promise’ (Jayapal, Pollet)

City, state leaders square off over marijuana bans (Sawyer, Hurst)
City hopes parking lots will help solve homeless problem

House Democrats Pick Up Some Republican Support For Bill To Tie Boeing Tax Break To Jobs  (Robinson)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
How strip clubs could aid Washington’s rape kit dilemma (Orwall)
Opinion: No apology necessary to Planned Parenthood teens

NW Public Radio
Washington Senate Moves To Issue Subpoenas in Prison Early Release Probe

Q13 TV (FOX)
Eastern Washington state rep apologizes for asking if group of teens are virgins
Legislative subpoenas issued for documents in early prisoner release controversy


Capitol Record
Senate committee votes in favor of subpoena resolution related to DOC error (Pedersen, Frockt)
Fantasy sports gambling bill heard in House committee (Hurst)
On ‘The Impact:’ More on the early prisoner release, House higher ed priorities (Hansen)

Local bans on marijuana stores face potential state crackdown (Sawyer)
Shelters maxed out as city sweeps homeless from streets

HDC Advance
Hearings scheduled for five gun and gun safety bills in House Judiciary on Thursday (Jinkins, Kagi)
Taking on elder abuse, domestic violence and property crime (Goodman)

Huffington Post
Republican Lawmaker Meets Teens, Asks If They’re Virgins

Protestors Confront Pot Shop Owner, Legislator Confronts Teens, and Council to Confront Mayor
Skeptical Council Evaluates Mayor’s Homeless Sweeps

A Teenager Just Told Senate Republicans That Their Anti-Carbon Cap Bill Is a Dumb Idea (McCoy)
The Morning News: The Stranger Getting Rid of Weed Delivery Ads, State Legislator Asks Teens About Virginity Status

The Stand
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