Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, February 14


Associated Press
Bill outlining exemptions for state lawmakers in Public Records Act heard in committee (Pedersen, Hunt)
Southwestern Washington measles case count holding at 53 

Aberdeen Daily World
Port has a record-breaking story to tell
GHC Sheriff responds to AG’s open letter regarding I-1639 background checks
Oped: Michael Galant: It’s time to shut down tax havens
Letter: Since we have the Constitution, let’s use it

Bainbridge Island Review
Proposed legislation would vacate some marijuana convictions | 2019 Legislative Session (Nguyen)
Journalists criticize proposal giving the Legislature exemptions to public disclosure laws | 2019 Legislative Session (Pedersen)
Proposed legislation would make tiny-home zoning easier | 2019 Legislative Session 

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Fight over whether lawmakers should disclose their records continues in Olympia (Pedersen)
Bellingham ranks well in economic study because of consistent growth across many jobs 

In Our View: Rejecting Reciprocal Trade Act protects state
Senate bill that honors late Vancouver woman gets hearing (Cleveland)
Letter: Support vaccine programs
In Our View: Reform of federal pot laws worthy endeavor
Oregon official releases Columbia River Crossing review (Cleveland)

 Everett Herald (subscription required)
Car tab rumblings have yet to erupt into legislative fracas (Fey, Pellicciotti, Hobbs)
Cold snap could send electric bills soaring dramatically
WaPo: Banks want a hit of the marijuana business
Editorial: FAA, U.S. aviation needn’t be hostage in shutdowns

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State selects firm to design Belfair bypass
Kitsap voters easily pass levies on a snowy election day

New York Times
McCabe Says Justice Officials Discussed Recruiting Cabinet Members to Push Trump Out of Office
Congress Expected to Swiftly Pass Border Deal to Prevent Shutdown
Parkland Shooting: Where Gun Control and School Safety Stand Today
E.P.A. Will Study Limits on Cancer-Linked Chemicals. Critics Say the Plan Delays Action.
Trump Puts Best Face on Border Deal, as Aides Try to Assuage an Angry Right

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon withdraws plans to establish 25,000-person office in New York
Trump eyes bypassing Congress to privatise Fannie and Freddie
Optimism in economy wanes. Will it rally?

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle schools levies pass in second-day returns, low turnout likely due to snow
Women in Black honor recent lives lost to homelessness, violence
The long goodbye: Viaduct ramp demolition begins this week at Columbia Street
Snow emergency declared in East King County, as thaw continues in rest of region
Despite reinstatement of officer who punched handcuffed woman, Seattle police haven’t violated reform pact, federal attorneys say
Washington state lawmaker, open-government advocates spar in hearing over the Legislature’s transparency (Pedersen, Kuderer)
Editorial: Give schools a better chance to pass construction bonds
Opinion: Why we need global efforts to prevent measles at home

Seattle Weekly
All Quiet On The Car Tab Front In Washington Legislature (Fey, Hobbs, Pellicciotti) 

Spokesman Review
Records exemptions proposed for Legislature blasted (Pedersen)
Ferris High School resource officer resigns; Spokane School Board hears public concerns of ‘implicit bias’
Fracking ban passes Senate (Saloman)
Comprehensive sexual health courses could become school standard (Wilson) 

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Kids should not be allowed in school without vaccinations  

USA Today
Opinion: New York health commissioner: Deadly diseases like measles are coming back from the grave
EPA plans to regulate cancer-causing chemicals found in America’s drinking water
When is a wall not a wall? Lawmakers argue over what they would be funding at the border

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Vashon Community Care receives high governmental rating 

Washington Post
McCabe says he quickly opened FBI investigation of Trump for fear of being fired
EPA vows national action on toxic ‘forever’ chemicals
With teachers in the lead, more workers went on strike in 2018 than in any year since 1986
Black-white cancer disparities narrow sharply amid progress against common malignancies
‘This is disgusting:’ Lawmakers blast companies overseeing military homes racked by toxic dangers
‘Strange days’: Winter temperatures have been way above normal in the northernmost part of the United States

Whidbey News-Times
Lawmakers seek permanent solution to the homeless crisis (Gregerson)
Continued resistance against gun control initiative; Attorney General defends law
Journalists criticize proposal giving the legislature exemptions to public disclosure laws (Pedersen, Hunt)

Yakima Herald Republic
Environmental groups threaten to sue 2 Lower Valley dairies
Editorial: CWU’s lockdown scare exposes social-media distortions



Tacoma considers eliminating curbside recycling amid market changes
Bills banning plastic bags advance in Washington state Legislature (Carlyle, Peterson)

State Sen. Curtis King: Keep homeless shelters away from schools
Demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct to begin after snow delay

Anger, Confusion Over Dwindling Refunds. Is Trump’s Tax Plan To Blame? 

NW Public Radio
Sweeping public lands bill would protect Washington lands, waters 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Viaduct demolition most likely will begin Friday




4 ways WA lawmakers are still trying to keep secrets
In Methow Valley, locals hope D.C. lawmakers will stop a copper mine

I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass reopens, North Bend continues state of emergency 

Seattle P.I.
Sex education bill — start young, stress consent (Wilson)
Landslides, flooding: Rain, snowmelt bring hazardous conditions to Seattle and Puget Sound lowlands