Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, March 9


Associated Press
Health law fines double for many uninsured at tax time
Legislature OKs bill to rename Highway 99 after Snohomish man
State Senate passes negotiated transportation budget (Hobbs)
Legislature passes bill on police body cameras
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen announces retirement
WSU Tri-Cities receives 3 bids for on-campus housing project
Nearly $200,000 more approved for Kelso homeless shelter
Pedestrian deaths surge in 2015, up 28% in Washington state, early data shows
Edmonds pier to close for 3 months for repairs

Aberdeen Daily World
Port channel deepening slated for fall, to finish in 2018
Chehalis system could 96 percent fewer wild silver salmon in 2016

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
State Patrol would give troopers 5 percent raise in legislative deal  (Fey)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Editorial: Don’t divert cleanup funds

Chinook Observer
Mayor’s Corner: Looking beyond central core to enhance all of Long Beach (Blake, Rossetti, Takko)

In Our View: Remove Voter Roadblocks
Longtime Lt. Gov. Owen will not run for re-election

The Daily News
Port approves $274,000 severance package with former CEO

Everett Herald (subscription required)
New law would revise wholesale car dealer rules
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen won’t seek 6th term (Hobbs)
Burbank: It takes a web of public support to keep ourselves healthy
Editorial: Inslee has a better method of persuasion than veto

Journal of the San Juan Islands
M/V Yakima suffers engine fire, out of service indefinitely
Opinion: Budget fails across the state (Ranker)

News Tribune (subscription required)
State Patrol would give troopers 5 percent raise in legislative deal (Fey)
Fix for charter schools still alive in Legislature (Sullivan, Jinkins, Springer)

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Public pays for anti-tax sentiment

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Drivers are blacking out on synthetic pot, alarming police, health experts
Charter-school bill back in play in Olympia
Families sue after kids sickened in dairy festival E. coli outbreak
Brad Owen won’t seek re-election as lieutenant governor
‘This isn’t a dead end’: Third authorized tent city opens
Gun amendment could doom state’s sex-assault protection bill (Jinkins, Sullivan)
Westneat: Prosecutors beg, but legislators fail to act on death penalty

Skagit Valley Herald
County gets emergency aid for Highway 20 slide

Spokesman Review
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen makes it official: He won’t seek re-election
Spokane County forms new task force directed at combating hate crimes
Washington lawmakers approve new 529 college savings plan
Body camera bill heads to Inslee
Editorial: Toughen state’s DUI law

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Dick Morgan smart pick to lead state DOC

Yakima Herald Republic
State grant money for YV Tech will support computer science education


War Of Words, No Smoke Signals As Secret Budget Talks Continue
Tribal Conference Highlights Best Practices In Sustainable Design

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Opinion: Dori: This is why voters should never allow a new tax in Washington state

NW Public Radio
Snowpack Above Normal In Washington, But Warming Weather Could Cause Flooding
War Of Words, No Smoke Signals As Secret Budget Talks Continue
Another Resignation, Demotions, Reprimands Follow Early Release Of Inmates


Capital Record
Police body camera bill approved by Legislature
Republican leaders offer update on session
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen announces he will not seek re-election

UW, WSU don’t reveal how student data is shared with government
Gentrification’s other victims: small businesses
Toxic cleanups, water projects face state budget cuts
Op-Ed: Murray seeks middle path on homelessness fixes

Last Minute Tax Breaks in Olympia (Chopp, Carlyle, Frame, Walkinshaw, Fraser, Habib, Hobbs)

Tell Republican Senators to Support Protections for Pregnant Workers (Farrell)

The Stand
Labor opposes surprise charter schools bill
Opinion: In sickness and in health, we all depend upon each other

Washington State Wire
Budget Agreement: Will They or Won’t They? (Dunshee, Pollet)