Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, February 17


Associated Press
Bill to study use of deadly force by police clears House
State Senate OKs compromise on plan to fix education system  (Sullivan, Rolfes, Habib)
Inslee: State won’t stop I-405 tolling, but will improve it
Killer sentenced at 14 released from Washington jail
Senate passes resolution honoring Justice Antonin Scalia
Officials appoint replacement for state Rep. Graham Hunt
Monitor pleased with Seattle police handling of crisis calls

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Demonstrators for, against transgender bathroom rules rally at state Capitol

Bothell Reporter
Local tax exemptions authorized by Senate bill to preserve affordable housing (Frockt)

The Daily News
Faceoff in Olympia over school expulsions
Bill would protect timber revenue for schools

Everett Herald (subscription required)
New railroad safety rules taking effect next month
In Our View: Ending the rape kit backlog

Huffington Post
Faced With Staggering Backlogs Of Rape Kits, States Change Testing, Investigations (Orwall)

Kirkland Reporter
Rep. McBride sponsored measure to give homeless youth access to health care passes house (McBride)
State Senate approves Sen. Hill’s career paths and support for paraeducators legislation

News Tribune (subscription required)
State, school districts ask why students are chronically absent
Record-setting rain recorded this month in Western Washington
Court-ordered school funding plan clears state Senate (Habib, Sullivan)
Editorial: Restroom war distracts from fight against real sex crime

Olympian (subscription required)
Lacey city councilman’s comments on Facebook test social media guidelines for public officials
Bill to study use of deadly force by police clears House
Editorial: Obamacare critics must put up or give it up

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle Mayor’s State of the City addresses rapid growth, business issues
Why the R&D tax credit is now better than ever

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Inslee wants to add lanes to clogged I-405 (Clibborn)
With coal prices in steep slide, even once bullish analyst sees risky investment
SPD dealing more ‘compassionately … with those in crisis,’ monitor says
Seattle both thriving, struggling, Mayor Ed Murray says in address
Activist to investigate the way Seattle police handle protests
New task force in Seattle will help usher in new school start times (McAuliffe)
Councilwoman’s big pitch: tiny houses for homeless all over Seattle
Editorial: U.S. Senate needs to do its job on Supreme Court nomination
Jonathan Martin: The votes are there: Legislature can end the death penalty (Chopp, Carlyle)
Opinion: Lessons in care: a doctor’s take on Seattle’s homeless

Seattle Weekly
How to House 1,000 More People Without Pissing Off the Neighbors
Could Puget Sound Energy Replace Its Coal with Coal?

Skagit Valley Herald
Ferry reservation system giving Anacortes businesses a boost

Spokesman Review
Bill inspired by Spokane murder-suicide urges mental health help (Riccelli)
Washington Senate agrees to task force to seek public school fix
Wolf kills do lower livestock attacks, UW study says, in contradiction to WSU report
Longer day at Spokane schools boosts science instruction, fixes bus scheduling
Bighorn sheep take beating from disease in Canada
Editorial: Northwest power plan builds on efficiency, conservation


Transportation officials to discuss more Narrows Bridge toll increases
Man tests new transgender protections by undressing in women’s locker room
Free weekend trips and lane expansions planned for I-405
Barry Massey, sentenced to life at age 14, released from prison
Drunk drivers could face harsher penalties in Wash. state

Taxpayers Confused By Late Health Law Forms
Automatic Registration Is The Latest Chapter In Fight Over Voting Rights
Juvenile Killer Barry Massey Speaks After Release From Prison
Inslee’s ‘All Staff’ Rebuke Of Republicans
Sentenced To Life As A Teen, Barry Massey Walks Free

Sheena and Chris Henderson’s Law passed by State House, 95-2 (Riccelli, Ormsby)

Why Diagnosing Psychotic Disorders In Kids Is So Challenging
Inslee’s Plan For 405: Shoulder Driving & Free Off-Peak Evening Toll Lane Access
Inslee, Brown Among Governors To Sign Clean-Energy Accord

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Opinion: I-405 announcement proves Republicans were right to oust Peterson
Gov. Inslee requests changes to I-405 express toll lanes
Opinion: Cornfield: I-405 troubles could sink Gov. Inslee’s administration

NW Public Radio
Inslee’s ‘All Staff’ Rebuke Of Republican


Capital Record
Basic education funding plan approved by Senate (Rolfes, Ranker, Pedersen)
Senate approves bill creating Human Trafficking Awareness Day (Fraser, Chase)
Automatic voter registration bill passes out of House (Hunt)

Murray’s Seattle: Success for some, but not for others
Inslee makes I-405 lane adjustments
Faceoff in Olympia over school expulsions (Santos)
Bill would impose new legal fees statewide (Kirby)

Washington State Wire
Lawmakers Seek to Fix Washington’s Ailing Education System (Ortiz-Self, Rolfes)