Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, Mar. 22


Associated Press
Benton-Franklin County judges sue clerk to keep paper files
Fire damages Bellevue mosque for second time
Gov. Jay Inslee signs bill protecting students’ free speech
Gov. Jay Inslee signs abortion insurance bill
Seattle mayor pursues law to require owners to lock up guns
Gov. Jay Inslee signs law aimed at lowering gender wage gap
Washington governor signs package of bills sparked by #MeToo (Keiser)
Washington state’s electric vehicle sales tax break to end (Fey)
Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing

Aberdeen Daily World
North Beach School Board ends superintendent’s contract

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Treatment center in north Everett could open in 2020
Somers sees Paine Field as focal point of a thriving county
Will thousands of new apartments in Snohomish County mean lower rents?
WaPo: Professor: Workplace is 5th leading cause of death in the US
Letter: Can’t blame only ‘illegals’ for gang activity

Federal Way Mirror 
Federal Way City Council approves Lakehaven tax
Federal Way Public Schools hosting second annual STEM night 

News Tribune (subscription required) 
New census numbers show just how crowded we’re getting here

New York Times
Facebook, in Its Worst Crisis Yet, Promises to Bolster Privacy
Trump to Slap China With $50 Billion in Tariffs and Penalties

Olympian (subscription required)
‘We can do something about this,’ says student organizer of Olympia’s march against gun violence

Peninsula Daily News
Opioid lawsuit preparation continues

Puget Sound Business Journal
Facebook’s chief admits mistakes in guarding data
US banks in ‘arms race’ for deposits as rates rise
Trump targets Chinese goods for stiff tariffs

Redmond Reporter
Cities honor Reps. Joan McBride, Terry Nealey for public records work (McBride)

Renton Reporter 
Gov. Jay Inslee signs package of bills at Foster High School (Hudgins, Bergquist)

Seattle Times
House passes $1.3 trillion spending bill, boosting defense, undercutting Trump’s wall
You can breathe cleaner around Puget Sound ports, report finds
Investigators seek tips, video taken of fire at Bellevue mosque 
New federal budget would likely keep money flowing to Lynnwood light rail
Opportunity scholarships expanded to include technical and community colleges
Seattle’s March For Our Lives organizers demand ‘concrete political change’ to end gun violence 
Editorial: Take assault-weapons ban to the people
Large: Upward mobility is especially tough for black boys in U.S. Here’s why.

Spokesman Review 
Washington takes lead in #MeToo campaign against on-the-job harassment
Gov. Jay Inslee signs abortion insurance bill

USA Today
World’s largest collection of ocean garbage is now twice the size of Texas

Washington Post
House prepares for rapid vote today on jam-packed $1.3 trillion spending deal
The trade war that Trump always wanted could start today

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: New laws to boost voting are sound

Wenatchee World
Construction shrinks January jobless rate
PUD launches bitcoin moratorium to ease pressure on staff, power grid

West Seattle Herald
Civil rights lawsuit challenges Tukwila Police officer’s response to Tuwkila resident who called police seeking help

Yakima Herald Republic
Bedbugs, moldy food, skipped background checks: Feds slam Washington foster-care group homes after surprise visits
Washington fruit growers fear becoming “collateral damage” in Trump’s trade war with China


Inslee signs voluntary gun buy ban (Frockt)
Bellevue mosque catches fire again, 1 year after arson

Seattle city officials propose law requiring safe storage of guns
Eastside Islamic Center burns for second time in a year

Amid Heightened Tensions After Florida School Shooting, Local Districts Address Safety
New Washington Laws Aim To Address Sexual Harassment In The Workplace (Keiser)
Omissions On Death Certificates Lead To Undercounting Of Opioid Overdoses
Forecasters Say Oregon’s Wildfire Season Could Be Record Setting
Seattle Election Oversight Officials Call Democracy Voucher Program A Success

Seattle’s soda tax is hella confusing (especially if you like Clamato juice)
Gray Whale Sightings Up Off Northwest Coast
Should Seattle lawmakers be able to vote on issues they have a financial stake in?
Seattle poised to boost pay for Uber, Lyft drivers

NW Public Radio
New Washington Laws Aim To Address Workplace Sexual Harassment And Gender Pay Gap
Northwest Senators Question Energy Sec. Rick Perry On Hanford And Budget Cuts

Inslee Signs Nation’s 1st Law Banning Food Packaging Chemicals (McBride)

Q13 TV (FOX)
Dozens of bills signed into law, including on sexual harassment, equal pay and guns (Hobbs, Keiser, Senn, Frockt, Pedersen)
Fire damages Bellevue mosque a year after arsonist set fire to it
Senior women at greatest risk of homelessness as housing costs, property taxes soar
Insurance plans that cover pregnancy must also cover abortions under new Washington law (Hobbs)
New law allows Washington co-workers to talk openly about salary (Senn)


Civic Skunkworks
A lesson for our leaders: looking back is no way to plan for the future

When lockdowns are ‘normal,’ teens say it’s time to march
Seattle pursues gun laws where it can — starting with safe storage

Seattle Officials Want a Law to Require Gun Owners to Lock Up Their Weapons

The Slog
Slog AM: You Can Now Ban Yourself From Buying a Gun, Bellevue Mosque Catches Fire Again