Washington State House Democrats


Friday, February 15


Associated Press
House panel advances bill limiting vaccine exemptions
Trump will sign border deal but will also declare emergency
Seattle metal recycler fined $98K for polluting Duwamish
State Supreme Court overturns manslaughter conviction

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Sen. McConnell says Trump will sign spending bill and declare a national emergency
City starts snow removal process
Inslee appoints new judge to Whatcom County Superior Court
Comprehensive sex education could be required in Washington’s public schools – (Wilson)
Bill would prohibit authorities from ticketing homeless people for sleeping on sidewalks – (Gregerson, Jinkins)

Bothell Reporter
Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools (Wilson) 

State restrictions on cannabis packaging worry producers (Wylie)
In Our View: Oil trains inevitable, must be safely regulated
Oregon, Washington must restart Interstate Bridge project or owe feds $140 million  (Cleveland)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
What will the 797 look like — and will Boeing even build it?
Near-record cold pushes emergency shelters to their limits
Car tab rumblings have yet to erupt into legislative fracas
Editorial: State should recommit to electric vehicle fleets
Letter: I-976 on $30 car tabs not in our best interests

Federal Way Mirror
Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap school districts haven’t nailed down how they’ll make up missed time
State plans paving projects on Burwell, Highway 3 and more

News Tribune (subscription required)
Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency (AP)
Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs
Comprehensive sex education could be required in Washington’s public schools
Bill would prohibit authorities from ticketing homeless people for sleeping on sidewalks (Gregerson, Jinkins)

New York Times
Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall
In Wielding Emergency Powers, Trump Paves a Dangerous Path Forward
Amazon’s Retreat on New York City Headquarters Followed Unexpected Backlash
In a Divided Washington, Congress Averted a Shutdown — but at a Price
Could the U.S. Get Paid Family Leave? It’s Looking Better Than Ever
The Federal Debt Is Rising. Concern Is Not.

Olympian (subscription required)
68,543 misdemeanor pot convictions could be wiped away under bills in the Legislature
States weigh bills addressing Native deaths, disappearances

Peninsula Daily News
Proposed legislation would vacate some marijuana convictions (Fitzgibbon)
Two District 24 lawmakers take stand on measles vaccination exemptions (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon’s retreat from New York doesn’t alter the company’s plans for its Seattle campus
Sources: Amazon closes in on Bellevue property deal as it backs out of New York
‘It’s a completely different city:’ Honeywell’s closure changes Renton’s economy

Redmond Reporter
Redmond’s Ali attends State of the Union with Rep. DelBene 

Renton Reporter
Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools (Wilson) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Amazon: Canceled New York jobs likely to go elsewhere; company will ‘continue to evaluate’ growth in Seattle
Students share how diversity among teachers can affect grades, comfort and discipline
For local businesses, Snowmageddon created a mix of winners and losers
Opinion: I lost my cousin in Parkland — why is there pushback to gun laws?
Editorial: Amazon’s New York HQ2 pullback offers opportunity, lessons for Puget Sound region

Spokesman Review
Libraries, parks and child-care facilities would become gun-free zones under Washington Senate bill (Wilson, Kuderer)
Bill that would provide clemency for pot convictions advances
The Legislature’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad public-records bill promotes secrecy, not openness (Pedersen, Billig)
Weekend blizzard caused unprecedented loss to dairy cattle in Yakima Valley

Tri-City Herald
Comprehensive sex education could be required in Washington’s public schools (Wilson)
As runs dwindle, experts say Idaho’s salmon, steelhead ‘could be gone in a generation’  

USA Today
Congress passes spending bill to avoid shutdown, sends it to Trump for his signature
Federal judge to weigh fight over citizenship question on US census
Trump’s emergency declaration would trigger a drawn-out legal fight
William Barr sworn in as attorney general, takes charge of investigations of the president
Texts show collusion between police and right-wing extremists, Oregon official claims
‘Every remedy available’: Here’s what Democrats vow to do to rebuff Trump’s national emergency order on the border wall
Follow the money: How President Trump’s national emergency will pay for a border wall 

Vancouver Business Journal
Vigor selects Vancouver site for all-aluminum fabrication facility 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: New state program helps people with disabilities save money for college 

Washington Post
‘Off the rails’: Inside Trump’s attempt to claim victory in his border wall defeat
Trump’s border emergency: President seeks to redirect Treasury, Pentagon funding for barriers
An emergency declaration by Trump will lead to lawsuits. Lots of them.

Whidbey News-Times
Law would celebrate public lands in Washington state (Peterson) 

Yakima Herald Republic
Bill would keep homeless camps away from schools
Environmental groups threaten to sue 2 Lower Valley dairies



Oregon, Washington must restart Interstate Bridge project or owe feds $140 million (Cleveland) 

Amazon will pay $0 in federal taxes this year, despite $11.2 billion in profits
Property tax bills drop for half of King County cities
Voters pass school levies, bonds in Washington special election
Emotional testimony over proposal to give Washington inmates a second chance (Darneille)
Melted snow increases landslide risk in Washington lowlands 

New bill looks to clear path for state universal health care (Hasegawa) 

Gov. Inslee, Attorney General Ferguson pledge upholding I-1639 

#MeToo lessons spur mandatory sex-education proposal in Washington (Wilson) 

Trump declares emergency. Washington AG considers lawsuit. 

NW Public Radio
Digital license plats may be coming soon to a road near you (Lovick)
EPA says it plans to limit toxic PFAS chemicals, but not soon enough for critics
New Idaho law to make overdose reversal drug more available

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington National Guard helping first responders after winter storm
Arlington says it’s sticking to its Amazon plans
Washington Democrats, Republicans unite against Trump’s national emergency



Opinion: Seattle gets an F on snow shoveling
How Seattle activists helped stop Amazon in NYC

Seattle P.I.
Wash. AG Ferguson: Trump emergency declaration is ‘unlawful action’

Don’t Believe the Seattle Times, It’s Still Illegal for Teenagers to Buy Assault Rifles