Washington State House Democrats


Monday, February 1


Associated Press
Software for Washington colleges needs improvement
State sues city over sewer bills for Western State Hospital
Daughters of Casey Kasem, Peter Falk tackle elder visitation
Healthplanfinder system back up after has unscheduled outage
Bill to raise Washington smoking age passes House committee

Aberdeen Daily World
Seven years for woman charged with selling meth in Grays Harbor (Blake)
Project Homeless Connect provides resources to the homeless
Cascadia Rising planned for early June
WDFW to hold hearing in South Bend

Bainbridge Island Review
Marijuana retailers, producers fear public records requirement compromises privacy, safety
Opinion: Kicking the can in Olympia

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Runaway pony could change Washington law

Bothell Reporter
Rep. Stanford bill to ban excessive non-compete agreements scheduled for hearing (Stanford)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Teachers’ pay, school districts’ special levies targets of study ordered in House education bill (Lytton, Sullivan)

Transgender restroom rule prompts criticism, rally in Vancouver
In Our View: A Point of Embarrassment

The Daily News
Lawmakers debate nixing state science test as teachers await a more rigorous one

Edmonds Beacon
Mayor lobbies for Highway 99 funding in Olympia (Clibborn, Moscoso, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Chase, Liias)

Enumclaw Courier Herald
AG’s tobacco-age bill clears first legislative hurdle (Orwall, Cody, Clibborn, Jinkins, Robisnon, Tharinger, Van De Wege, Moeller, Riccelli)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Bill would prevent more gender-segregated designations
Starting Monday, new IDs required to enter Washington Naval bases
Officials say I-405 tolls working; opponents disagree (Clibborn)
Officials: New Sound Transit measure needed to fix congestion, help businesses
Guest Commentary: Return to prison would have added to state’s error
Editorial: Needed reforms for state parks and recreation grants program
Editorial: People priced out of homes

Islands’ Sounder
News from Sen. Kevin Ranker (Ranker)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Opinion: Being prepared for an oil spill is the next best thing to not having one

Kirkland Reporter
Marijuana retailers, producers fear public records requirement compromises privacy, safety

Kent Reporter
State House panel passes bill to raise smoking age to 21 (Orwall)
UW’s Forefront backs effort to engage gun dealers and pharmacies on suicide prevention (Orwall)
Number of homeless people in Kent climbs to 165
Gender identity focus of restroom legislation (Conway)
Senate resolution condemns attacks on women’s health care clinics (Keiser)

News Tribune (subscription required)
If lawmakers ‘met every deadline’ on school funding, why is state in contempt of court? (Sullivan, Rolfes)
State sues town of Steilacoom over Western State Hospital sewer bills
Lawmaker wants minimum wage, sick leave alternative on ballot (Hobbs, Mullet)
Uncertainty, anxiety surround recreational marijuana in Pierce County
Union settles over campaign finance omissions
Environmentalists focus on marine oil transport (Ranker)
Op-Ed: Districtwide plan needed to close achievement gap
Editorial: Give Washingtonians more say in race for president

North American Post
UW’s Forefront backs effort to engage gun dealers and pharmacies on suicide prevention (Orwall)

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Vouchers little help if landlords reject them (Ormsby)

Peninsula Daily News
Competing Legislature bills to address McCleary decision (Tharinger, Van De Wege, Hargrove)
Gender identity focus of state restroom legislation (Conway)
Questions arise in wake of attack on Clallam Bay correctional officer

Puget Sound Business Journal
President Obama unveils computer science initiative – with Microsoft’s help
Who’s Hiring: Hammering men and women wanted

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Bill would make it easier to charge cops over deadly force; police group calls it ‘bad policy’ (Moscoso)
Seattle Prep offers land for bike trail near Hwy. 520 bridge
Lynden looking to extend temporary ban on pot businesses
Got college debt? Sen. Murray wants to hear about it
What’s the poorest part of Seattle? | FYI Guy
Bike share’s failure deflates Seattle’s self-image | Danny Westneat
Obama proposes $4 billion for computer-science education
Seattle Public Schools reaches funding agreement with special-education program
Jerry Large: Will killings move city to really address homelessness?
Editorial: A host of problems for homeless youths, but solution lies in host homes (Hargrove)
Editorial: Seattle’s homeless problem requires a regional response
Opinion: Behind the bars: Mistaken release of inmates offers look at criminal justice policy
Opinion: Growth, if done right, will let this region grow gracefully
Leonard Pitts Jr: For Planned Parenthood, justice seldom gets more poetic

Seattle Weekly
Why Everyone Should Care About the Legislature’s Attack on Trans Rights
We Know How to Reduce Crime in Urban Forests. So Why Don’t We Do It?

Skagit Valley Herald
Lawsuit seeks to determine fault in 2013 Skagit River bridge collapse

Spokesman Review
Washington’s newest national park at Hanford could draw 100,000 visitors by 2018
Police use courts to shut down nuisance drug houses
$100 million software system for community colleges so flawed it will need millions more to fix
Sunday Spin: Senate GOP needs investigator for documents they subpoenaed
Sunday Spin 2: Inslee not biting on ski expansion request
Editorial: Shine light on lobbying
Editorial: Expand access to unused drugs

West Seattle Herald
Homelessness increased by 19% over last year in One Night Count

Yakima Herald Republic
Bill would make it easier to prosecute Washington police for deadly force (Moscoso)
Editorial: Legislature takes wrong approach on dairy bill


Cities push state to improve SR 522
Washington doctors prepare to follow new depression screening rules

Lawmakers consider bill to make it easier to charge officers

WSDOT: Traffic more congested following I-405 toll lanes
Officials: Clallam County inmate said ‘Allah Akbar’ as he attacked guard

Still Waiting For McCleary Funding, School Districts Ask Voters To Pass Levies
Buoyed By Drafting Error, Trails Group Treks To Capitol To Continue Fight
Why Some Still Can’t Find Jobs As The Economy Nears ‘Full Employment’
For More Than A Million Food Stamp Recipients, The Clock Is Now Ticking

Rep. Marcus Riccelli on proposal to increase county commission positions (Riccelli)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
State admits I-405 toll lanes have worsened north end traffic


Why it will be so hard to end youth incarceration
Senate Democratic leader will offer homeless funding proposal (Nelson)
Homeless count offers only a rough sketch of a growing epidemic

HDC Advance
Freshman Rep. Noel Frame Advances Mental Health Legislation (Frame)
Stanford bill to ban excessive non-compete agreements scheduled for hearing next Monday (Stanford)
Pollet pushes bill to reign in for-profit college excesses (Pollet)

Trans Women Are Women. Period.
Seattle Police Acknowledge “Concerning” and “Consistent” Slower Response to Domestic Violence Calls

Seattle P.I.
Republicans are bashing Seattle, the city that “gave us Kshama Sawant” (Jayapal, Chopp)

New One-Night Count Numbers Show 19 Percent Increase in Unsheltered Homelessness Across King County
State Republicans Refuse to Use the Words “Planned Parenthood” When Condemning Terrorism Against Planned Parenthood (Keiser)
Seemingly Reasonable Bill Banning “Sex-Selection Abortions” to Get Hearing in Washington State Senate (Spoiler Alert: The Bill Isn’t Reasonable and Women Will Suffer)
Body Cameras Are Not the Answer to Police Brutality

Washington State Wire
The Green Sheet — Week of February 1 (Hobbs, Goodman, Jinkins, Frame)