Washington State House Democrats


Monday, April 4


Associated Press
Legislature gives Spokane area $300,000 to fight auto theft
Washington wildlife commission to discuss hunting season
Right-to-die group comes up with new, cheaper medication
New law will ban 5 chemicals from kids products, furniture
Gov. Jay Inslee signs Colstrip bill with partial veto
Gov. Jay Inslee signs bill on police body camera videos
Thousands turn out as Gov. Inslee cuts ribbon on 520 bridge
Yakima council expected to drop appeal of voting-rights case
Standoff sheds light on conservative sheriffs group
In West, region of guns and suicide, outreach to curb deaths
Senior housing group agrees to better accommodate disabled
Washington Legislature: What passed, died and was revived
Supreme Court upholds population count in electoral districts; endorses Yakima’s new districting

Aberdeen Daily World
Elma’s drinking water is safe, city says
Coastal Resiliency initiative sees funding from supplemental budget

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Coal bankruptcies could leave taxpayers paying for clean up
Op-ed:  Mental illness, substance abuse plague Whatcom County jail inmates

Bothell Reporter
Rep. McAuliffe’s school safety bill becomes law (McAuliffe)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Sex trafficking a problem in Kitsap, speaker says

Southwest Washington lawmakers in 60 seconds (Wylie, Moeller, Cleveland)
Jayne: It’s no coincidence that Washington rejected bigotry

The Daily News
Cowlitz County among best places in state for living on social security
School levy reform looms over lawmakers — for next session (Blake, Rossetti, Takko)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Program helps track prescriptions to ensure they aren’t being abused (Peterson)
WSU in Everett to offer degree in organic food production (Robinson, Dunshee)
GOP’s report on prisoner-release scandal is not imminent
Cellphone crackdown: Distraction ups crash risk by 23 times
Mill Creek teen in crisis: Another victim of a failed system
Forest Service to get the lead out of former Index shooting range
Used the I-405 express toll lanes? State wants to survey you
Everett firm among wholesale auto dealers hit by new law
Marysville has started housing the homeless
Retirements could threaten Boeing production plans
Final paving for Highway 532 Davis Slough work is set
Muhlstein: Program aims to restore rather than suspend troubled students
Guest commentary: Community Transit expanding its service to meet region’s needs
Op-ed by Rep. Peterson: Treatment, not punishment, will limit opioid problems
Guest commentary: Learn how to take action when you see child abuse
Guest commentary: Opposing state, federal voting rights may work against GOP
Editorial: Change racist place names (Jayapal)

Kent Reporter
State bill to track rape kit tests becomes first law of its kind (Orwall, Jayapal)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Editorial: Ferries should support local riders

Kirkland Reporter
Rep. McAuliffe’s school safety bill becomes law (McAuliffe)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Ethics probe clears Lindquist, but new allegations arise (Darneille)
Gov. Inslee signs bill creating task force on police use of force (Ryu)
Charter-schools fix will become law in Washington without governor’s signature
Op-Ed: The passion to teach is being snuffed out
Op-Ed: Methanol pause offers time to reflect
Editorial: Pierce County marijuana vote is hard cheese to swallow

Olympian (subscription required)
Gov. Inslee signs bill creating task force on police use of force (Ryu)
Op-Ed: Telemedicine may have a role in primary care
Editorial: Legislature’s budget process needs some fixing (Liias)
Editorial: Lawmakers heed evidence that fraud law is working; Coffee, airplanes, now marijuana?

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: Peninsula legislators evaluate special session following adjournment (Hargrove, Tharinger, Van De Wege)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Sound Transit pulls survey question that may break state law
Washington Legislature: What passed, died and was revived
Jets, helicopters, rockets: Military plans more uses of Northwest public lands
Gov. Inslee grudgingly allows charter schools to survive (Springer, Sullivan, Mullet)
A widening socioeconomic divide at state colleges and universities?
New York Times: Help with student debt is a perk attracting younger workers
Death with Dignity doctors thwart drugmaker’s price hike with new medication
State project to evaluate whether prescribed burns help prevent wildfires
Against Montana governor’s wishes, Inslee signs bill to fund coal plant shutdown
Editorial: Foolish not to invest more in fire-season equipment, preparation
Opinion: Are supervised drug injection sites a wild idea?
Opinion: Follow the pho: An update on Seattle’s minimum-wage impact
Editorial: Expanding rail, bus transit is tantalizing, but questions must be clearly answered first
Opinion: The debilitating cost of long-term care

Spokesman Review
Growing number of students who are learning English poses challenges to schools, families
Workshop will cover tougher state fish consumption guidelines
Unexpected cash infusion helps Spokane fight auto theft, property crime
Spin Control: How Washington didn’t make 4 DUIs a felony
Editorial: Charter schools need sustained support

Yakima Herald Republic
Legislation could give boost to controlled burns


New law may mean more police body cameras
Adding light rail service hours presents challenge
Law makes Washington first state to track rape kits (Orwall)

Seattle celebrates construction of world’s longest floating bridge

Teen organizes underwater cleanup of Puget Sound

Troy Kelley’s State Taxes Become Behind-The-Scenes Issue In Trial

Washington Charter Schools Stay Open As Inslee Refuses To Veto Bill
Washington And Oregon Have A Tax Off. Who Wins?
SR 520 Launch Party Was A Jam (And Lots Of Fun)

NW Public Radio
Incoming WSU President Schulz Kicks Off Statewide Tour


Inslee to allow severe layoffs for state spending watchdogs? (Dunshee)
Starting today, we make it harder for poor people to eat in Washington
Senate Republicans kneecap toxic-waste help for public (Dunshee)

Seattle P.I.
Thousands cross new 520 Bridge — on foot

Governor Turns His Back on the Democratic Party, Won’t Kill Charter Schools Bill
Washington’s Map Is Going to Be Less Racist Soon (Jayapal)