Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, February 13


Associated Press
Official warns sheriffs to enforce gun law or face liability 

Aberdeen Daily World
Proposed bills would allow use of pesticide on oyster beds (Blake, Takko)
Legislature considering “ranked choice voting” (Blake, Palumbo, Gregerson) 

Bainbridge Island Review
Bainbridge voters say yes to permanent EMS, school improvements 

Vancouver school levies sail to passage
Evergreen school levies off to narrow, early lead
Ridgefield bond trailing in early results
Hockinson levies fail; La Center’s leads in early count
New Clark County measles case confirmed; one case ruled out
In Our View: Legislature, stop trying to dodge transparency (Pedersen)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State AG warns sheriffs to enforce gun law or face liability
WaPo: US Senate passes the decade’s biggest public lands package
Editorial: Auto-enroll IRA can help more save for retirement

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bainbridge Island School District’s capital levy passing
Central Kitsap’s school support levy passing

New York Times
Trump Is ‘Not Happy’ With Border Deal, but Doesn’t Say if He Will Sign It
Smaller Tax Refunds Surprise Those Expecting More Relief
Senate Passes a Sweeping Land Conservation Bill

Puget Sound Business Journal
The government shutdown made the IRS even more frustrating
The biggest economic divides aren’t regional. They’re local. (Just ask parents.)
Opinion: Fare-free transit can ease the Puget Sound region’s transportation woes, if we all buy in

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Sheriffs who don’t enforce Washington’s new gun law could be liable, AG Bob Ferguson says
U.S. Senate passes bipartisan public-lands bill pushed by Sen. Cantwell
Seattle ethics commission may shine light on political work, City Hall lobbying
Legislative committee to hear Washington lawmakers’ new public-records bill (Pedersen)
Seattle Public Schools levies passing by wide margins
Tired of cold muffins for breakfast, inmates at a Washington prison are protesting (Goodman)
As the snow melts, King County Metro running more bus routes Wednesday
Westneat: You may think we banned the sale of assault weapons to teens. But they’re still buying them.
Sen. Pedersen: Make Legislature subject to public-records law – but with exemptions tailored to its role
Editorial: Public records for the public

Spokesman Review
200,000 misdemeanor pot possession charges would be dropped under Washington bill (Nguyen)
Panel approves state program to ‘welcome’ new babies (Wellman)
Washington, Idaho lawmakers start formulating positions on immigration deal to avert shutdown
Washington bill would limit state assistance to federal immigration enforcement (Wellman)
Despite advice from mayor, Spokane voters approve tax for police and firefighters

Tri-City Herald
200,000 misdemeanor pot convictions could be wiped away under bills in the Legislature (Nguyen)
Guest Opinion: Representative government: What is it and how should it work?  

USA Today
House to vote Thursday on border security plan as Trump signals he’s willing to sign the deal
Government shutdown: What’s in the deal on border security and federal funding?

Washington Post
Lawmakers rush to resolve last-minute snags in spending bill as shutdown looms
California’s new governor breaks from state’s most ambitious public works projects
Three teen suicides in the last eight months have ‘devastated’ this rural Midwest village
The Senate just passed the decade’s biggest public lands package. Here’s what’s in it.
In a world drowning in trash, these cities have slashed waste by 80 percent
Education Department allows extra day for comments on Title IX rules
T-Mobile is defending its Sprint merger before Congress. Here’s what to expect.
Critics call on Apple and Google to shut down Saudi app that can restrict women’s travel
Study claims older homeowners are preventing millennials from buying houses. But is that true?
Refilling prescriptions and no more date nights: How government workers are girding for another shutdown

Whidbey News-Times
Needle exchange is ‘all about recovery’
Environmental group declares court victory over prolific logger
WhidbeyHealth reports 2018 as a ‘tough year,’ with $6.3 million loss
Column: Lawmakers should follow true science, pass HB1683

Yakima Herald Republic
Schools may not have to make up snow days taken during winter storm



Hundreds of schools closed again Wednesday, including Seattle and Tacoma
Melting snow causes damage, flooding concerns across Northwest
Voters show support for schools in early Washington special election results
More owners may be abusing affordable housing in King County
Washington attorney general fires back at sheriffs over I-1639 enforcement

Hundreds were trapped on Snoqualmie Pass during closure
King, Pierce County special election results

Three people dead due to exposure, amplifying concerns for homeless population
Health Officials, Governor Discuss Washington’s Infant Mortality Rate
Students urge lawmakers to lower the threshold for approval of school bond measures

Seattle officials try to bring people inside from the cold, with mixed results
The fight against measles, in the hospital and in Olympia (Stonier)
For many Seattleites with disabilities, this snow is impassable

NW Public Radio
School shootings are rare, but threats and lockdowns are not. Families say that takes a toll 

Q13 TV (Fox)
I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass to remain closed all day Tuesday



WA winemakers reel from one shutdown, prepare for another
New WA bill aims to prevent an Electoral College revolt in 2020 (Kuderer, Pederson)

Seattle P.I.
The beginning of the end: Temperatures could reach low 40s by this weekend
No rough sledding: School levies winning big in Seattle
Connelly: Senate bill rescues conservation fund for Wash.

Seattle Voters Approve Over $2 Billion in Education Levies
Attorney General Fires Back at Rural Sheriffs That Are Vowing Not to Enforce Gun Control Laws
Los Angeles Sets a Clean-Energy Example That Washington Hopes to Follow




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