Washington State House Democrats


Monday, Mar. 12


Associated Press
Disarmed school district security guards want guns back
US officials: N. Korea will face no more conditions for talks
Washington Legislature at a glance: What passed, what didn’t
Woman to lead Forest Service amid sexual misconduct charges
Hearing set on proposed partial gun ban in parks, forests
Fearing trade war, EU warns of protectionism ‘dead end’
Washington Legislature approves budget plan that boosts school spending (Rolfes, Sullivan)
Washington Legislature narrowly OKs change to police deadly force law
Owner of Mexican restaurants in King, Snohomish counties charged with $5.6M tax theft
Legislature fails to pass car tab relief bills for Sound Transit district

Aberdeen Daily World
State and feds will help hospitals, but more layoffs at Community Hospital seem inevitable
(Blake, Tharinger, Van De Wege)
Design, permit phases of North Shore Levee project now fully funded (Blake)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Decades have been spent to protect these 82 wooded acres. Is that finally ending?
Youth gun violence rally a success – now they’re going a step farther

Bothell Reporter
Legislators come to agreement on deadly force reform (Goodman, Dhingra)
State Legislature passes last-minute budget deal and property tax cut (Ormsby, Frockt, Mullet, Carlyle)
Sexual assault survivors push legislative change (Pedersen, Rolfes, Orwall)
New laws targeting sexual harassment await governor’s pen (Kkeiser, Doglio, Dhingra, Sawyer, Nelson)
Olympia stunner: Compromise over police use of force (Goodman)

Centralia Chronicle
Washington State Expands Abortion Coverage  (Macri, Hobbs, Springer, Cleveland)

Clark County Today
The three Democrats who represent Central and West Vancouver held a Saturday town hall to recap the state legislative session (Cleveland, Stonier, Wylie)

Washington Legislature wraps session  (Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier)
Washington lawmakers OK funds to bolster Clark County projects (Cleveland)
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers (finishing on time, net neutrality)
In Our View: Students Have Write Stuff

The Daily News
Plans for supercomputers in Longview cause confusion

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Millions at stake in Tulalip lawsuit over sales tax revenue
Car tab relief effort crashes (Clibborn, Hobbs)
Victims of sexual assault urge end to statute of limitations (Orwall, Pedersen, Rolfes)
In control, Democrats pressed an ambitious agenda in Olympia (Peterson, Liias)
Democrat Ruth Kagi won’t seek re-election to the state House (Kagi, Chopp)
Landowners have hope at last
School bus drivers learn to spot student opioid abuse
As elsewhere, high school students here plan to walk out
It’s Lochsloy vs. the river, and the neighborhood is losing
Editorial: What got done and what didn’t in the Legislature

The Inlander
As the end of the 60-day legislative session closes in, here’s a look at three major issues in Olympia

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Washington becomes the fourth state to ban bump stocks
State Parks commission considers Moran and Obstruction Pass expansions
State Legislature passes last-minute budget deal and property tax cut (Rolfes, Ormsby, Frockt, Mullet)
Bill to outlaw Atlantic salmon net pen farming before governor (Lytton, Ranker)
School improvements enter design phase
Orcas students to participate in National Walk Out
State Democrats propose major property tax cut (Ranker)
Guest Column: Washington state unites against oil spills and fish spills (Ranker, Fitzgibbon, Peterson

Kent Reporter
Sexual assault survivors push legislative change (Orwall, Pedersen)
33rd District legislators to host telephone town hall (Orwall, Gregerson, Keiser)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
SKSD identifies nearly $18 million in facilities needs
Kitsap, Mason school administrators plan for March 14 protests
State supplementary transportation budget would keep Hyak afloat (Rolfes)
Washington Legislature: What passed, what stalled

Maple Valley Reporter
Legislators come to agreement on deadly force reform (Goodman, Dhingra)

News Tribune (subscription required) 
Legislature approves compromise deal to change police deadly force law (Goodman)
Efforts to ban the death penalty fizzle out in Legislature (Jinkins, Chopp)
TPS investigating claims kindergartners sexually harassed by classmate
Tacoma school district took guns away from its security officers. They want them back.
Push to cut Sound Transit 3 car tab fees fails after as last-minute deal falls through (Pellicciotti, Clibborn)
Snow study shows dwindling snowpack on 9 of 10 Western US peaks
Editorial: A stunning breakthrough on police use of force in Washington (Goodman)
Editorial: Long-term plan to freeze Narrows Bridge tolls is a big win (Fey, Kilduff)

New York Times
As Trump Seeks One Nuclear Deal, He Could Kill Another
Trump Retreats on Raising Age Limit for Assault Rifles

Olympian (subscription required)
The Legislature may give you a property tax cut — but not until 2019 (Rolfes)
Attorney general on whether Trump is gunning for Washington: ‘I worry about that every day.’
Lawmakers pass budget deal that speeds up teacher salary fix, cuts property taxes (Ormsby, Rolfes)
Families disappointed as Legislature fails to pass expanded wrongful death law (Jinkins, Hasegawa)
Editorial: Legislators proved need for more ‘sunshine’

Peninsula Daily News
State funds for suicide barriers on Eighth Street bridges secured (Chapman, Van De Wege, Tharinger, Clibborn)
Student newspapers gain new free speech protections
State money to allow Port Angeles pool to kick-start expansion  (Tharinger, Chapman, Van De Wege)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Premera says it will use $250M from tax cut to help stabilize health insurance market
Tax law’s errors upset employers as leaders feud
Opinion: If past is prologue, Washington state will bear the brunt of a trade war
Patti Payne: Once ‘America’s Most Wanted,’ this man started a Seattle nonprofit to help prisoners through college

Sexual assault survivors break silence to fight for law reform (Orwall, Pedersen)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
A record number of homeless people died in King County in 2017
‘Normalization of deviance’: What went wrong at Hanford, where radioactive contamination spread
Washington Legislature reaches finish line with some victories and some maneuvering (Carlyle, Goodman)
Veteran Washington state Reps. Ruth Kagi and Judy Clibborn won’t seek re-election (Kagi, Clibborn, Chopp)
State tries throwing SeaTac mobile-home residents a lifeline (Gregerson)
Relief from soaring property taxes — in 2019 — proposed in Washington state budget agreement (Rolfes)
For second year in a row, Washington lawmakers can’t agree to cut car-tab taxes (Clibborn)
Why new gun restrictions failed this year in the Washington Legislature (Frockt, Kloba, Takko, Hobbs, Blake)
Thousands of marchers in British Columbia say no to Trans Mountain pipeline
Seattle-area students channel Parkland survivors’ activism, plan walkouts for gun control
Mayor Durkan’s plan to make first two years of college free takes shape
Washington state’s public pensions include $5.3M in gun-related investments
Navy wants to use more Washington state parks for stealth SEAL training
Opinion: Reflection and renewal 50 years after report on racism, MLK assassination
Opinion: The time is right for tax fairness and sensible spending priorities in Seattle
Opinion: Close the troubling gender gap in venture capital
Opinion: A wake-up call to preserve the Open Records Act
Editorial: Closure and justice: Speed up processing of old rape kits (Orwall)
Editorial: Shortsighted tariffs imperil Washington industries
Westneat: From breaking laws to making laws: ex-pimp at center of new police reforms
Editorial: Seattle must develop plan to protect protest but control disruption
Opinion: We can manage shooting threats with analytics and protocols

Seattle Weekly
Can Immigration Issues Be Fixed at the County Level?
No Longer Silent: Sexual Assault Survivors Push Legislative Change (Pedersen, Orwall, Rolfes)
Legislators Come to Agreement on Deadly Force Reform (Goodman, Dhingra)

Spokesman Review
Washington lawmakers send Inslee $1.2 billion supplemental budget (Rolfes)
Washington Legislature calls it quits for 2018
Legislature narrowly OKs change to police deadly force law (Pedersen)
Deadly force initiative moves forward in Washington legislature
9 important topics the Washington Legislature tackled in 2018
Spin Control: How I-940 could become law with changes already on the books
Comprehensive bill to battle opioids dies in Washington Senate, but treatment dollars on the way
Washington legislators say it’s high time to get rid of daylight saving time
With $1 million Premera grant, Hope House plans new women’s shelter
A reckoning at the gun lobby’s Maginot Line
Op-ed: Unions are a vital representative voice for workers
Letter: Inslee and Tesoro

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Op-Ed: Lawmakers wrong in effort to skirt state’s Public Records Act

Washington Post
Education Dept. opens door for student loan companies to ignore state authority
White House vows to help arm teachers, backs off on raising age to buy guns
The government has been undercounting opioid overdose deaths up to 35 percent, study says
Little national research is done on gun violence, so some states are stepping in
College students support free speech — unless it offends them
In Oregon, pushing to give patients with degenerative diseases the right to die
New evidence the Stormy Daniels payment may have violated election law

Whidbey News-Times
Series of threats made at Oak Harbor High School
Music connects kids, cultures
Oak Harbor school district offers free classes to parents of pre-K kids
Material costs blamed for sewer plant overage
Use of deadly force bill unites factions that were once divided (Goodman)

Yakima Herald Republic
Illegal for you, legal for them: Police want separate standard for use of force


South Kitsap Fire sued for sexual harassment
Trump announces steel and aluminum tariffs, but with ‘flexible’ exceptions

What Passed And What Didn’t In Washington’s Legislative Session
Washington Makes It Legal To Compensate Women Who Give Birth As Surrogates
Students Across Puget Sound Region Plan Walkouts To Call Attention To School Shootings

Wheelchair Taxis, Blood Delivery Solo Drivers To Get Access To Carpool Lanes (Hobbs)
Bill To Address School Shootings Fails To Advance In Washington Senate (Frockt)

NW Public Radio
News Roundup – Reviewing The ‘Shot Out Of A Cannon’ Washington Legislative Session

Spokane Public Radio
Inland Journal: March 8, 2018 (Riccelli)


Civic Skunkworks
Do your wages reflect how hard you work?

Washington Legislature wraps session  (Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier)

7 issues state lawmakers tackled in 2018 — or didn’t (Hobbs, Senn, Chase, Keiser, Carlyle, Fitzgibbon)

Legislature passes bill to avoid nasty fight over I-940 (Goodman)

Seattle Lesbian
Washington state legislature passes historic equal pay opportunity act

Seattle P.I.
An oil spill bill in Washington, a pipeline protest in B.C.
Connelly: Gun safety — the Legislature’s ‘appalling,’ ‘shocking’ failure (Carlyle, Frockt, Blake)

Seattle Medium
Legislature Passes Equal Pay Opportunity Act (Senn, Sells)

Sound Transit Escapes Financial Cuts as State Legislature Adjourns Without Changing Car Tabs (Clibborn)
Up Against Deadline, State Legislature Changes Washington’s Deadly Force Law (Frockt, Saldaña)