Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, March 3


Associated Press
Legislature passes increase of drunk driving penalties
Jury sides with worker in hospital retaliation case
Groups sue EPA for not finalizing ‘fish consumption’ rule
Yakima scraps plan for community courts due to budget issues
Transgender candidate in Seattle could make state history
Legislature OKs testimonial privilege for sponsors
Nation’s first carbon emissions tax goes before state Legislature (Fitzgibbon)

Bainbridge Island Review 
Bill targeting public records access is dead
Cautious optimism remains for Washington’s Voting Rights Act

Bothell Reporter
Governor signs basic education funding plan; study to meet 2017 Supreme Court mandate
Central Kitsap Reporter
Governor signs basic education funding plan; study to meet 2017 Supreme Court mandate
Editorial: Support open records
Opinion: Removing barriers to employment for our veterans

Washington legislative session so far: Some bills cling to life, others die (Cleveland)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
It’s a popular job: 8 aspire to be lieutenant governor (Owen, Habib, Fraser, Moeller, Hobbs)
Search continues for answers to growing heroin epidemic
Editorial: Voting Rights Act encourages voices of all (Moscoso, Jayapal)

Islands’ Sounder
Ranker on 2016 Senate budget (Ranker)

News Tribune (subscription required)
State projects on tap for Pierce County
Op-Ed: Court ruling undermines citizens’ ballot access
Editorial: Oregon’s minimum-wage weirdness offers cautionary tale (Hobbs)
Editorial: Teachers in limbo

Olympian (subscription required)
Contract approved for North Thurston teachers

Seattle Times (subscription required)
What might it cost to keep expelled students out of prison pipeline? $1.8 million a year.
Uber calling its drivers to say unionizing does ‘not fit’ for ride-sharing workers
Kaiser submits formal bid to acquire Group Health
No change to school start times in Issaquah
WSU down to 8 finalists for new president
Farrell: Pregnant workers’ fairness: Help pregnant women stay in the workforce

Seattle Weekly
As Navy Expands Training in Washington, Some Residents Feel Left in the Wake
Carlyle Explains Why He Backtracked On Securing the Jungle With Razor Wire (Carlyle)

Spokesman Review
Addition to U.S. House bill could protect Monsanto from PCB lawsuits
Senate doubles penalties for felony DUI

Tri-City Herald
House unanimously approves vehicular homicide bill

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Study finds warmer water plays role in sea star disease

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Agreeing to plan to fund basic education isn’t a solution

Yakima Herald Republic
School psychologists in short supply in Valley
Delayed inquest into deadly police shooting of rock-throwing man expected this spring


Bill passes to mandate coroner’s inquests take place

Groups Sue EPA Over Water Quality And Fish Consumption Rate

‘No Wrong Door’: New Seattle Clinic Responds To Lack Of Mental Health Care
Oregon Lawmakers Vote To Eliminate Statute Of Limitations For Rape

Q13 TV (FOX)
Governor, state lawmakers celebrate passage of ‘Connecting Washington’ transportation package (VIDEO)


Capital Record
Washington State Patrol salaries would be competitive under bill passed out of House (Fey)
Retired police officers, firefighters respond to Senate’s pension merger proposal

New showdown between density and preservation advocates
Op-Ed by Rep. Derek Stanford: A janitor can be fired in Washington, sued for taking another job