Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, February 11


Associated Press
Senate rejects reversal of transgender bathroom rule  (Jinkins, Habib, Jayapal, Liias)
Outside investigator into DOC probe meets with lawmakers
Most Washington school levy, bond elections gaining voter OK
Washington Senate takes a detour on school funding plan  (Rolfes)
Acting secretary to Department of Transportation named
Investigation into ferry captains burned by laser continues
Department of Health OKs new psych hospital in Spokane
ACLU report critical of Pasco’s police 1 year after killing

Bainbridge Island Review
Marijuana tax reduced in legislative proposal (Hurst)
Annual count: 644 homeless, 217 without shelter in Kitsap County

Bothell Reporter
King County partners with Forterra, Bothell residents to preserve Wayne Golf Course (McAuliffe, Stanford)
Rep. Stanford’s bill to improve safety for railroad workers passes House (Stanford)

In Our View: Gun Debate Distractions (Moeller)

The Daily News
Transgender threat? Other states don’t see an issue

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Boeing says layoffs might be needed to trim workforce
Aerospace analyst thinks the jetliner boom is nearing an end
Everett port commissioners OK bid for waterfront mill site
Washington lawmaker’s gaffe may spur new civil rights law (Moscoso)
$43M in fed’s proposal would go to Boeing-Bothell Swift bus
I-405 tolls top estimate, but real value is long-term gains
Editorial: Getting ready for the big one

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Sen. Ranker introduces oil protection bill (Ranker)

Maple Valley Reporter
Senate honored Tahoma’s ‘We the People’ team (Mullet)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Vocal majority speaks out against proposed Tacoma methanol plant
State Senate votes to maintain transgender locker room access rule (Liias, Hargrove, Pedersen, Darneille, Jinkins)
Aging workforce a concern for Pierce Transit
Editorial: State Senate should play fair, even in election year

The Olympian
Editorial: We’re 35th in tax burden; is that good?

Puget Sound Business Journal
Contrary to popular opinion, Life Sciences Discovery Fund is not dead
Business groups pleased Supreme Court put EPA’s power plant rule on hold
Don’t expect an endless aircraft boom, analyst warns

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Job cuts planned as Boeing hunkers down to compete with Airbus, consider new plane
Investigator: State DOC may have known about ‘ongoing issue’ with prisoner releases
Panel OKs Northwest power plan focused on energy efficiency
Seattle scientist still pushes to lift funding ban on gun-violence studies
Inslee appoints acting transportation chief
ACLU issues critical report on Pasco police year after shooting
Editorial: Don’t change transgender law protecting bathroom choice (Jinkins)
Opinion: Schedule workers as you would have them schedule you

Seattle Weekly
The Climate Movement’s Secret Weapon: Kids! (Chopp, Pedersen)
Big Pharma’s Fingerprints Are All Over Seattle’s Homelessness Crisis

Spokesman Review
Transgender bathroom bill fails in Senate
‘Sovereign citizen contacts’ with law enforcement on rise, sheriff says
Pacific Steel fined in connection with chlorine gas leak that killed a worker
Editorial: Let churches help the homeless by relaxing codes

Tri-City Herald
Senate unanimously approves vehicular homicide law

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Ferry Advisory Committee bill moving through legislature (Clibborn, Fitzgibbon)

Voice of the Valley
The Washington State Senate Honors the Tahoma High School “We the People team for their state championship win, Feb. 3, 2016. (Mullet)

Yakima Herald Republic
Cantwell calls for support for Hanford

Report: Commuters burned by I-405 toll lanes
Bill would allow motorcycles on shoulders in traffic

Inslee appoints Millar acting Secretary of Transportation

Costs tallied on probe into DOC sentencing errors (Pedersen)
Report: Seattle drivers among the very worst in the nation

Sen. Patty Murray Calls On Federal Regulators To Ban ‘Conversion Therapy’ For Gay Youth
Washington Senate Votes Down Effort To Repeal Transgender Rules
Across Western Washington, Voters Are Approving Most School Levies And Bonds
Boeing Says It’s Cutting An Undisclosed Number Of Jobs To Bring Down Costs

10 Years Later, Goal To Cut Homelessness By 50 Percent Falls Far Short
Levies Faring Well So Far In Washington Special Elections

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Beloved Bothell golf course saved from developers

NW Public Radio
Washington Senate Votes Down Effort To Repeal Transgender Rules (Nelson)
10 Years Later, Goal To Cut Homelessness By 50 Percent Falls Far Short
‘Seattle Quarantine:’ Republicans Seek To Stop City Minimum Wage Hikes

Q13 TV (FOX)
Tacoma residents voice concern over plan to build world’s largest methanol plant there
New study ranks Seattle drivers among worst in the country


Capital Record
Transgender restroom bill fails to pass out of Senate, 24-25 (Hargrove, Liias)
On ‘The Impact:’ Senators discuss the removal of WSDOT Secretary (Hobbs, Hudgins)
Gov. Inslee appoints Roger Millar acting secretary of transportation

HDC Advance
Another round of education bills approved by the House (Ortiz-Self, Fey)
House Passes Rep. Fey Bill to Help Homeless Students (Fey)
Unanimous vote out of House for Rep. Peterson petroleum storage bill (Peterson)
House sends two environmental protection bills to Senate (Peterson)
Bill to improve safety for railroad workers, help prevent death and injury passes House 92-5 (Stanford)
House Cracks Down on Unscrupulous Music Licensing Agents (Van De Wege)
Statement from Rep. June Robinson on Boeing’s announcement to eliminate jobs (Robinson)

Seattle P.I.
‘Bathroom bill’ aimed at transgender persons fails in state Senate (Ranker, Hargrove, Liias)

This Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bill Couldn’t Get Through the Republican-Controlled State Senate (Hargrove, Pedersen)
Senate Republicans’ Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills Are Unlikely to Pass—But the Damage Is Already Done
State Supreme Court Refuses to Rethink SeaTac’s $15 Minimum Wage Law

Suburban Times
Another round of education bills approved by the House (Ortiz-Self, Fey, Kilduff)

Washington State Wire
Competing Carbon Tax Initiatives Likely in 2016 (Hobbs)