Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, January 21


Associated Press
Washington Senate passes charter school fix  (Billig, Jayapal)
WA State Politics: Carbon Tax Initiative Certified
Federal audit finds problems with Washington health exchange
Pot states take fresh look at out-of-state investment
Poll: Support for raising the smoking age in Washington
Ferry ridership continues to grow in Washington
Groups want Spokane fish hatchery monitored for PCBS

Bainbridge Island Review
Governor’s Clean Air Rule order draws senate-bill opposition

Bothell Reporter
Statement from Rep. Jessyn Farrell on Pregnant Worker’s Fairness Act (Farrell)

Cascadia Weekly
Oil export change stirs 40-year old concerns over spills (Ranker)

Washingtonians support raising tobacco sale age (Orwall)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
War of words between Boeing, unions at tax-break hearing (Robinson, Lytton)
School districts add Native American culture to curriculum
With $11 prize, seniors’ pinochle has to go underground
Local class to support those who care for mentally ill veterans
President Obama takes a Detroit victory lap

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State ferries continue to add riders

News Tribune (subscription required)
Volunteers sought for homeless count
State Senate votes to continue charter schools (Billig, Takko)
Pierce school districts head to polls with funding requests

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: ACA signups moving higher despite critics
Editorial: Militia rebels belong in an Oregon jail

Puget Sound Business Journal
Stopping surprise medical bills tops insurance commissioner’s 2016 legislative priorities (Cody)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
No hearing to be held on bill opposing transgender restrooms (Jinkins)
Washington’s community college transfer students do well in four-year colleges
Column by Jerry Large: Want to reduce recidivism? Give prisoners a hand when they get out
Seattle School Board approves plan that could displace child-care programs
SPD hires director of transparency and privacy
Snohomish County closes on first buyout of land in Oso slide
Snoqualmie Pass closed due to avalanche danger
Council votes to endorse transit on Cross Kirkland Corridor
Editorial: Broaden awareness and engage communities on sex trafficking
Opinion: Stop public-lands giveaway to coal mining companies

Spokesman Review
Senate passes charter school bill (Billig)
Spokane Valley woman fatally shot in her home was beloved VA counselor
Fish hatchery suspected as a source of PCBs in the Spokane River
Editorial: Washington Legislature should raise smoking age for children’s sake

Yakima Herald Republic
FDA delays folic acid decision which could help prevent deadly birth defects
Editorial: Farmland’s value points to key role of agriculture


Local look at new “abuse proof” opioid prescriptions (Peterson)

Proposed law would ban ‘Redskins’ name in schools (McCoy)
Outgoing DSHS boss looks back on leading state’s biggest agency
KING 5 report prompts pension forfeiture bills
Lawmakers aim to raise tobacco purchasing age to 21 (Orwall)
Bill would consider fantasy sports ‘games of skill’
Seattle city leaders want marijuana delivery service

Child care centers at risk of being converted into classrooms to meet class size requirements
Majority of Washington voters support raising smoking age to 21

Ferry ridership continues to grow in Washington
Indictment: Washington teen drug dealers thrived on ‘darknet’
Poll: Most Wash. voters back increase in smoking age to 21

Washington Attorney General Wants To Raise Smoking Age To 21
Tacoma’s Higher Minimum Wage And Paid Leave Policy Will Start Feb. 1

When Do Kids Know They’re Transgender? Younger Than You’d Think

KVEW TV (Kennewick)
Representative Brad Klippert backs same-sex, transgender bills

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Senator ups the ante on tackling Washington’s left lane campers

NW Public Radio
Washington Attorney General Wants To Raise Smoking Age To 21


Capitol Record
Smoking age would rise to 21 in Washington under proposal by attorney general (Orwall)
Community college would be free under ‘Washington Promise’ proposal (Jayapal, Frockt)
Senate passes charter school bill, 27-20 (Mullet, Hasegawa)

Will Washington rethink Boeing’s tax breaks? (Robinson, Tarleton)
Oregon occupiers aside, there’s restlessness about West’s governance

Inslee, GOP Spar Over Department of Corrections Scandal

SDC Hopper
Billig: Lawmakers should put students ahead of politics (Billig)

Seattle P.I.
State Senate votes new money source for charter schools (Mullet, Jayapal)
Indictment: Washington teen drug dealers thrived on ‘darknet’
Poll: Support for raising the smoking age in Washington
Planned Parenthood to reopen clinic 6 months after arson

The Morning News: Judge to Rule on Eyman Initiative, Gunmen Attack Pakistan University, Republicans Subpeona Governor
These Republicans Are Waging a War on Choice in Washington State. Tell Them to Stop.

The 74
Washington State Senate Passes Charter Bill, Legislative Battle Advances to House (Mullet, Jayapal, McAuliffe, Billig, Pedersen)

The Stand
Opinion: Uber, gig workers need the power to organize

Washington State Wire
State Voting Rights Act: Cash Cow For Attorneys or Meaningful Reform (Frame)