Washington State House Democrats


Monday, February 15


Associated Press
Yakima police chief says pot sales would increase crime
Homeless youth on the rise, with state funding in question  (Frockt)
Bill would give Centralia coal-fired plant a tax break (Nelson)
State Senate rejects constitutional amendment on tax increases (Carlyle, Liias)
House passes regulation of vapor products in Washington
Minimum wage measure tops legislative agenda in Oregon

Aberdeen Daily World
County accepts 10-year plan to end homelessness

Bainbridge Island Review
Opinion: Regret but no apology from Senate Majority Leader

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
LTE: Registration bill

Centralia Chronicle
Braun’s TransAlta Tax Break Bill Passes Senate (Blake, Chopp)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Central Kitsap sophomores work as pages for Senate

Bistate bridge measure appears to be dead (Wylie, Cleveland)
Opinion: Jayne: Firing of transportation secretary clearly about politics

The Daily News
New federal education act gives local, state educators more control in the classroom

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Boeing, engineers union terms look strong as vote deadline nears
Bill on Boeing tax breaks rejected (Robinson, Springer)
Self-serve gas: Some would like full service
Pot products recalled in Colo. for pesticides, but not in Washington
County, union reach tentative deal; vote set for March 3
Updated homeless count reveals steep rise in Snohomish County
Guest commentary: Make permanent commitment to fund public lands
Guest commentary: Cursive writing isn’t a skill students need in 21st century
Guest commentary: Legislation would protect student speech and schools
Editorial: Job skills training priceless
Editorial: Paying costs of getting around

News Tribune (subscription required)
Charter schools point to test scores as they lobby lawmakers to save their schools (Chopp)
Legislators look east for Western State solutions (Jinkins, Chopp)
‘Purple card’ would help people with dementia (Tharinger)
Op-Ed: Matt Driscoll: After Senate victory, can we drop the potty talk now? (Darneille, Pedersen)
Op-Ed: School policies set students up for college failure
Op-Ed by Rep. Heck: We need more resources in fight against Alzheimer’s
Editorial: Rescue charter schools and keep experiment alive

Olympian (subscription required)
Republicans name top choices to replace former state Rep. Graham Hunt
Editorial: Fundraiser helping homeless students is Sunday afternoon; Civil rights prevail; bipartisan idea on birth control (Fraser, Hobbs)

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: Hargrove says rule on transgender use of locker rooms creates enforcement issues (Hargrove, Van De Wege, Tharinger)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Employers can expect health insurance premiums to rise 5% a year over the next decade

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Student journalists in state may get more free-speech protection
Yakima top cop urges officials to keep pot shops out of the city
D.C.-style politics? Republicans ‘smell blood’ in takedown of Inslee appointee (Nelson)
Advocates fear encampment cleanups hurt more than help
NY Times: Growing gap in life spans separates the rich and poor
Opinion: Keep I-405 tolls, invest in projects to untie chokepoints
Editorial: Solid dividends for students created through philanthropy and scholarship
Editorial: Focus on Seattle Police Department reform goals
Editorial: Children the victims of a stalling Legislature; fix education-funding crisis now

Seattle Weekly
Nextdoor Doubled Its Membership in Seattle in 2015. Is That a Good Thing?

Spokesman Review
Avista wants to install 265 electric vehicle charging stations in Eastern Washington
Sacred Heart’s expanded cardiac unit will serve patients from wider area
University District pedestrian bridge to include bus plaza
Pesticides’ safety on marijuana lacks data
Spokane among 77 cities vying for $50 million transportation sweepstakes
McMorris Rodgers bill on calorie labeling passes House of Representatives
Spin Control: Lawmakers take stabs at humor from time to time
Editorial: Cheap oil slowing stormwater cleanup

Suburban Times
Conway bill honoring Philip Lelli passes Senate (Conway)
House passes bill to reduce youth access to vapor products (Pollet)

Tri-City Herald
Locally, number of uninsured remains high

Vancouver Business Journal
Growing a film industry in Southwest Washington

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Local government should explore elections by geographic district (VRA)

Wenatchee World (Subscription required)
NCW lawmaker wants input on dam passage bill

Yakima Herald Republic
Cursive handwriting is a dying art, and state lawmaker gets nowhere with attempt to revive it


Shelter for homeless young adults opens in Belltown

Boeing Engineers’ Union Says Company Softened Its Approach In Recent Negotiations
Three-Strikes Offenders Deserve A ‘Second Look’ Says Sentencing Commission
Two-Thirds For Tax Hikes Constitutional Amendment Falls Short   (Carlyle)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
UW professor: I-405 tolling data is misunderstood and misused
DOC accidental inmate release is why Lynn Peterson was fired

NW Public Radio
Two-Thirds For Tax Hikes Constitutional Amendment Falls Short (Carlyle)
Three-Strikes Offenders Deserve A ‘Second Look’ Says Sentencing Commission
WA Birth Defect Cluster Still A Mystery
Airlines’ Profitability Lands Sizeable Bonus Checks In Northwest Workers’ Wallets


Capital Record
State releases first Alzheimer’s Plan to address growing issue

UW wants to nuke city’s landmarking powers along with reactor building
City delays police reform package, begs for patience
New ‘purple card’ system would help people with dementia (Tharinger)

HDC Advance
House approves bill to protect educators’ self-evaluations (Springer)
Rep. Peterson Rx monitoring program bill heads to Senate (Peterson)
Consumer protection measure, aimed at protecting seniors, passes House (Walkinshaw)
Measure to fight opioid epidemic clears the House (Parlette, Peterson, Walkinshaw)
Vulnerable kids to get needed stability under measure passed by the House (Senn)
House passes first in the nation consumer protection bill on e-cigarettes and “vape” products (Pollet)

State Issues Report on Life Expectancy by Legislative District
Appetite for Self Destruction

Seattle P.I.
2 Washington men indicted in Oregon wildlife refuge occupation

Washington State Wire
The Green Sheet — Week of February 15, 2016 (Jayapal)