Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, February 7


Associated Press
University of Washington student slips on sidewalk, dies
Native American voting rights proposal passes state Senate (McCoy)
New bill requires sexual harassment complaint data (Keiser, Palumbo)
Former dairy farm owner pays $20K to drinking water project
Environmental groups try to block pesticide use for oysters
Bill requires adoption option for research dogs and cats

Aberdeen Daily World
Drug users fear consequences of syringe exchange ending
Logging, money battles delay wildfire prevention work

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Schools chief challenges lawmakers to get ‘courageous’ and change bond supermajority – (Mullet, Wellman)

Chinook Observer
Bills heard in House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee to protect tenant rights (Morgan, Jinkins)
State reps seek privacy protection for agency employees (Jinkins) 

Clark County reaches 50 measles cases; Oregon confirms three new cases
In Our View: Sheriffs must uphold law – including I-1639
Rep. Kraft bill calls for study of third bridge

The Daily News
Homeless task force ‘blindsided’ by reaction to urban camping proposal 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Controversial 2018 election mailers were audacious — and legal
Editorial: End personal exemption for measles vaccine (Stonier)

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way lawmakers to host live town hall on child care legislation (Wilson, Senn, Reeves)
King County cities attract development with tax exemption 

Grand Coulee Star
Lawmakers aim to ‘ditch the switch’ on daylight saving (Riccelli) 

The Inlander
A bill in the Washington Legislature would give low-income kindergartners $100 for college (Liias)

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Grueling shifts, rationed water, no contract 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State officials ask for $100 million more for Colman Dock ferry terminal 

Montesano Vidette
House talks housing: tenants and landlords remain divided (Morgan, Jinkins) 

News Tribune (subscription required)
Schools chief challenges lawmakers to get ‘courageous’ and change bond supermajority
There are reasons Tacoma embraced e-scooters but kicked e-bikes to the curb

New York Times
Asked to Stop Investigations, House Digs In
Democrats Formally Call for a Green New Deal, Giving Substance to a Rallying Cry

North Coast News
Bill would exempt some misconduct claims from public disclosure (Jinkins) 

Northwest Sportsman Magazine
Washington bass, walleye, channel cats would remain game fish but with liberalized regs under bill amendment (Fitzgibbon, Blake) 

Olympian (subscription required)
CWU Ellensburg campus secure after active shooter report

Peninsula Daily News
State offers $4 million grant for Dungeness reservoir 

Puget Sound Business Journal
Trump loves the new NAFTA. Congress doesn’t.
Washington’s life sciences sector posts massive growth despite death of state fund
Opinion: Expansion of the affordable housing program is essential for Seattle’s continued growth

Redmond Reporter
New agreements approved to provide better services to unincorporated King County 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle area could see 5 to 8 inches of snow in next blast
Pressure mounts as Seattle mulls options for senior centers, food bank on valuable city properties
Report of active shooter at Central Washington University was false alarm
Washington measles outbreak sends vaccine demand soaring, even among the hesitant
UW student, 19, dies after slipping on campus sidewalk
Seattle’s minimum-wage hikes didn’t boost supermarket prices, new UW study finds
Traffic fills new Highway 99 tunnel on Wednesday, causing slowdowns
Opinion: Hey, Amazon! I’d like to bring my dog and my baby to work, please
Editorial: Terminal 5 upgrade is good for Seattle and the state

Spokesman Review
Washington farmers face rising costs, uncertain markets in ongoing trade war
Central Washington University given ‘all clear’ after active shooter report, lockdown
Human composting option passes Senate (Pedersen)
Lower the majority needed for bond issues, school officials tell senators (Wellman, Mullet)
Federal workers could get unemployment payments during a shutdown (Keiser)
Washington considers requirement for diaper changing stations in new restaurants in women’s and men’s restrooms (Reeves)
Opinion: What religion has to say about climate change (Billig) 

Tri-City Herald
Schools chief challenges lawmakers to get ‘courageous’ and change bond supermajority (Mullet, Wellman)
Editorial: Remind state lawmakers they work for you (Hunt) 

USA Today
Donald Trump taps World Bank critic David Malpass to lead the international finance agency
Democrats move slowly on demand for Trump’s tax returns, despite vowing to tackle it right away

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Islanders testify about ferries to transportation committee 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Relaxing law on motorcycle helmets foolish (Rolfes) 

Washington Post
Trump lashes out as Democrats step up inquiries of president and administration
‘It will take off like a wildfire’: The unique dangers of the Washington state measles outbreak
Cost of border deployments could approach $1 billion by end of fiscal year
Justice Department sues Philadelphia over supervised injection facility that aims to prevent fatal drug overdoses
Denver teachers threaten to strike Monday after state refuses to intervene in labor dispute

Yakima Herald Republic
When temperatures drop below freezing, livestock and pets need help to survive
Report of active shooter at CWU called a false alarm



Wednesday brought first traffic backups inside Seattle’s new tunnel
Human composting bill passes Washington state Senate
Kitsap fast ferry ‘exceeding expectations,’ transit chief says
At least half of child care businesses impacted by Seattle’s minimum wage
Seattle nonprofits, unions nervous about another government shutdown

Hospitals trying to screen potential measles patients to thwart contamination
‘False alarm’ active shooter sends Central Washington University into panic
Messy commute in SR 99 tunnel includes traffic and exhaust fumes

Views clash as Legislature considers de facto ban on orca whale watching
Washington state lawmakers want you to save for college — and they’re willing to help – (Liias)
Legislature considers statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at retailers 

Q13 TV (Fox)
The challenges of safely demolishing the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle
State Trooper shares do’s and don’ts of winter driving ahead of next snow storm



A Trump policy puts the lives of Vietnamese refugees at risk 

Snow storm sequel: Up to 8 inches possible this weekend
Washington lawmakers consider abolishing death penalty entirely (Carlyle)
Lawmaker wants more resources for WSDOT to clear freeway homeless camps (Hobbs)
CWU reports all-clear following active shooter warning on campus
New bill requires diaper changing stations in restaurant bathrooms (Reeves)
UW student dies after slipping on ice near campus fountain 

Democratic Lawmakers Push a Sales Tax Exemption for Low-Income Households (Entenman)
7 Questions Answered About Seattle’s Fight Against Eviction (Macri, Kuderer) 

Seattle PI
Coalition delivers thousands of petitions to state lawmakers urging adoption of bill to pay for long-term care costs (Jinkins, Palumbo) 

Washington Is One Step Closer to Human Composting, A Green New Deal Has Arrived




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