Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, January 26


Associated Press
Judge questions state’s efforts on competency services case
House passes bill aiming to fix education funding system  (Sullivan)
Senator removed from task force after complaints
AG seeks fines against grocery group for 2013 election
Bill to cut high school science test passes (Reykdal)
High court upholds government’s energy conservation program
New federal data shows nearly 3 percent rise in child abuse
AG seeks fines against grocery group over spending to defeat GMO foods measure in 2013
Franchise group takes Seattle wage law to US Supreme Court
Health care fines press millenials as sign-up deadline nears

Auburn Reporter
Sen. Roach removed from task force for inappropriate behavior

Bothell Reporter
How did representatives from Northshore vote? | Jan. 18-22 (McAuliffe, Frockt)

Washington seeks end to catch-and-release sturgeon angling

The Daily News
Orcutt proposes constitutional amendment to require “supermajority” for tax increases
Orcutt bill to ease substitute teacher shortage passes House

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Lawmakers propose oversight panel for psychiatric hospitals (Jinkins)
Stormwater ruling favors builders, local governments
A $32B tally, but Boeing’s 787 costs don’t bother Wall Street
Editorial: Group Health’s ‘best path forward’ is sale to Kaiser

Journal of the San Juan Islands
BLM plans meetings on management of human uses and trails in National Monument

Kirkland Reporter
How did representatives of Kirkland vote? Jan. 18-22 (Habib, McAuliffe)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Washington’s lieutenant governor boots Pam Roach off human trafficking task force
VIDEO: State Sen. Pam Roach responds to being removed from task force
GOP lawmakers leery of Washington Gov. Inslee’s Western State Hospital staffing plan (Jinkins)
Tacoma school superintendent Santorno finalist for national education award
Op-Ed: Matt Driscoll: Mental health isn’t just a big-city problem
Editorial: Rep. Hunt should disclose military record

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Let’s not have new kind of sex education at the Capitol; Treasurer’s Office savings; Charter schools fix (Mullet)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle Tunnel Partners: Inslee’s order for Bertha to stop drilling could create more sinkholes
Washington gets green thumbs up again, lands on environmentally friendly building list
Wage growth is finally here — if you’ve got the skills employers need

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Sen. Pam Roach booted off sex-trafficking panel for ‘victim-blaming,’ other insults (Chase)
Contractors challenge Inslee’s order to halt Bertha over sinkhole
‘We’ve been very busy,’ says man charged with enforcing Seattle’s minimum-wage law
New grant will help community colleges share their best ideas
Op-ed by Sen. McCoy: Allow native communities to recruit dental therapists
Column: Legislator’s ‘virgin’ question an inappropriate inquisition

Seattle Weekly
Riders Celebrate the Long-Awaited First Hill Streetcar

Spokesman Review
House rejects fast track for super majority amendment
Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant under scrutiny for greenhouse gas emissions
Ecology department holding oil-by-rail workshops in Spokane
Spokane City Council overrides veto, requires employers to provide paid sick leave
Court temporarily halts Mt. Spokane expansion project
Restroom rules to be deliberated in Spokane Valley Tuesday
Op-ed by Rep. Riccelli: Motion Picture Competitiveness Program a smash hit
Letter to the Editor: Riccelli bill is needed (Riccelli)
Editorial: Increase birth control access

Yakima Herald Republic
Legislators push for free tuition at community, technical colleges (Pollet, Jayapal, Frockt)
Editorial: State shorts counties; it’s a hard PILT to swallow


Sen. Pam Roach removed from task force after complaints
Frenemies of the State: Port, Seattle continue fight

Lawmakers propose easier access for women’s birth control
Lawmakers try to prevent discrimination of tenants with housing vouchers (Hargrove)

State Sen. kicked off human trafficking task force, accused of ‘victim blaming’

Lawsuit Challenging Transparency In Political Donations Could Soon Be Resolved
Washington House Pledges To Eliminate Reliance On Local School Levies
College Affordability In Spotlight Under The Dome In Boise, Olympia  (Jayapal)
Next-Generation Flame Retardants Under Scrutiny In Olympia

Assaulted On The Job, Prison Staff Want Time Limit On Benefits Lifted
Washington Lawmakers Propose To Cuff Police Ticket Quotas

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Legislator explains why she’s blocking transgender bathroom opposition bill (Jinkins)

NW Public Radio
Washington Lawmakers Propose To Cuff Police Ticket Quotas
Controversial Washington State Senator Removed From Human Trafficking Task Force
Washington House Pledges To Eliminate Reliance On Local School Levies
Three Years Later, Marijuana Still Trending As Hot Topic In Olympia


Capitol Record (TVW)
Tribes push for bill they say would give them better dental access (McCoy)

Key leader threatens education plan (Lytton)
A venture capitalist and a socialist are exporting Seattle’s progressivism
Huge influx of labor law complaints met by “small but mighty” Seattle city office
Developers target state agency behind climate change fight (Senn)
Don’t freak, but sinkholes have opened up all over Seattle
Greens on the defensive as legislative session gets underway (Chopp)

The Hopper
Nelson: House makes education a priority, time for Senate Republicans to do the same (Nelson)

Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen Kicks Controversial Senator Pam Roach Off State Task Force (Owen, Nelson)

ICYMI: The State Rep Behind the Transgender Bathroom Bill Faces Questions About His Military Record