Washington State House Democrats


Friday, January 29


Associated Press
Panel approves hiring attorney to assist in DOC probe  (Billig)
500 employees to be laid off as Bremerton call center closes
Lawmakers try to limit overbroad public records requests  (McBride)
Senate panel passes alternative plan for education funding
Washington lawmaker under pressure over military record questions
Senate panel passes alternative plan for education funding (Sullivan, Rolfes)
Pentagon chief seeks improved family leave, child care

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Editorial: EvCC’s student focus earns national honor

News Tribune (subscription required)
Lawmakers disagree about deadline for fixing school-funding problems (Billig, Rolfes)
State Rep. Graham Hunt leaves Ted Cruz campaign over questions of military record
Op-Ed: Legislators must clear up voter confusion over levies
Op-Ed: Greater civic learning will pay off in more responsible citizens
Editorial: Truancy boards show promise for keeping kids out of juvie

Olympian (subscription required)
2016 Thurston County homeless census underway
Lawmakers ask for changes to state’s use of deadly force statute (Moscoso, Ryu, Hasegawa)
Op-Ed by Rep. Fitzgibbon: Lawmakers should address gender inequity
Editorial: Mental health care at Maple Lane bears watching

Puget Sound Business Journal
Economic indicator of the week: 26 percent of Washington households own boats
Seattle-area business leaders cite skills shortage as biggest barrier
Breaking ground: Expanding health care around the Sound

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Democratic legislators blast McCleary school-funding plan (Rolfes)
Death in Seattle’s Jungle: Two lives lost after long struggles with drugs
Seattle schools seek $1 billion through special-election levies
Meeting draws hundreds frustrated by RVs, property theft in Seattle
State rejects sinkhole report, wants more facts before Bertha can dig again
Former student sues Olympia schools over sexual hazing
UW sees 18 percent rise in applications to be a Husky
Lawmakers hire attorney for investigation of prisoner-release error (Nelson)
Editorial: State must start working harder to find an education-funding fix
Opinion: Business as usual isn’t enough for students or our economy

Skagit Valley Herald
Reform group, state L&I officials meet for second round of talks

Spokesman Review
5 commissioner bill heads to House (Riccelli)
Tax super majority amendment heads to Senate
Editorial: Careful with investment politics

The Star
Quick dollars for wildfire suppression critical to containment, committee hears (Van De Wege)

Tri-City Herald
Attorney general says Washington cities can hold district-based elections
Our Voice: Transgender issue shows public must be involved early

West Seattle Blog
Highway 99 tunnel-machine update: State says, stay stopped

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: Disability alert logo would be an effective safety step if Legislature approves


Wash. bill would ban gay pride, ’12’ flags on ferries
Agencies assess ‘The Jungle’
Bill threatens to scrap Boeing tax breaks if jobs are moved (Robinson)

State, local officials tour Seattle’s ‘Jungle’ homeless camp
Panel approves hiring attorney to assist in DOC probe

Gov. Inslee Says Questions About Wash. Methanol Plants’ Water Usage Are Legitimate
Inslee ‘Undaunted’ After Dust-Up Over Bipartisan School Funding Plan
Hash Marks On Cell Wall Don’t Cut It In Era Of Complex Sentencing (Goodman)

Washington, Oregon Considering No Sturgeon Fishing On Lower Columbia

Lawmakers push for home cultivation of marijuana (Blake)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Gov. Inslee: Seattle tunnel contractor downplaying Bertha’s sinkhole
Lawmaker trying to ban most flags from Washington State Ferries
New transgender rule gives gym owner ‘no protection from the law’

NW Public Radio
Hash Marks On Cell Wall Don’t Cut It In Era Of Complex Sentencing
Inslee ‘Undaunted’ After Dust-Up Over Bipartisan School Funding Plan

Q13 TV (FOX)
Inslee takes aggressive stance toward Highway 99 tunnel contractor
Hospital reports increased cases of psychotic episodes in people smoking hash oil
Seattle assessor team finds ‘tragic, unsanitary’ conditions among homeless in ‘The Jungle’
Searching the streets: How many people are homeless in King County?


Capitol Record
Senate committee passes education funding bill with different deadline than House version
(Billig, Rolfes)

To fight suicide, UW initiative partners with gun rights groups
Should Washington get tougher on oil shipping? (Ranker)

HDC Advance
Freshman Rep. Noel Frame Advances Mental Health Legislation (Frame)
Expanding County Commission Gets Unanimous Vote In Committee (Riccelli)
Equal pay for equal work – just not in Washington State (Senn)

The SDC Hopper
Nelson: Latest Republican distraction won’t keep us from fixing education (Nelson)
Senate Republicans gut bipartisan McCleary bill (Rolfes, Billig)

Eight Questions About the Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills in the State Legislature (Jinkins, Keiser)
Seattle Mayor and City Council Oppose Repealing Transgender Bathroom Protections

The Stand
WSLC opposes bills discriminating against transgender people
Union membership up in Washington state