Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, February 21


Associated Press
Feds: Coast Guard lieutenant compiled hit list of lawmakers
Proposal to raise smoking, vape age to 21 clears state House (Cody)
Washington lawmakers weigh 2 vaccine exemption bills
FAA approves start of commercial flights at Paine Field
State agency seeks support for removing contaminated logs
House committee advances domestic violence gun seizure bill
Senate approves bill seeking transparency in political ads
Washington lawmakers weigh 2 vaccine exemption bills
Bill would make dogfight thefts a felony crime

Aberdeen Daily World
1,100 acres of Grayland waterfowl habitat purchased by WDFW, Ducks Unlimited 

Bainbridge Island Review
Proposed public records bill is dead; Senator withdraws bill exempting Legislature from public disclosure of some records | 2019 Legislative Session
Presidential candidate tax returns, felon voting, and campaign finance topic of proposed house legislation | 2019 Legislative Session
Senate passes bill to remove the death penalty | 2019 Legislative Session

Cleveland’s vaccine bill gets Senate committee hearing (Cleveland, Stonier)
In Our View: Threshold for school bonds worth reconsidering 

The Daily News
Lower Columbia College announces first four-year degree with new teacher education program 

Daily World
Letter: Pass bills on climate change (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Paine Field is cleared for passenger takeoff, FAA says
What a surprise: Democrats eye the need for higher taxes (Billig, Frame)
Bothell neighbors irked by colleges’ parking garage plan
Editorial: Splitting state takes liberties with representation

Kirkland Reporter
Kirkland students travel to Olympia to support plastic straw ban (Kuderer, Palumbo, Carlyle) 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Scientists seek out the secret of salmon during ocean voyage
You’re likely to live the longest in these states

Maple Valley Reporter
Sen. Das pitches bill to do away with plastic bags (Das)
Rep. Entenman proposes sales tax break for low- and middle-income families (Entenman)

News Tribune (subscription required)
$2 million annual subsidy is one challenge of Tacoma-to-Seattle fast ferry (Hunt) 

New York Times
A Green New Deal is Technologically Possible. Its Political Prospects Are Another Question.
How So Many Violent Felons Are Allowed to Keep Their Illegal Guns
Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled in the Last Two Years
Supreme Court Limits Police Powers to Seize Private Property
White House Climate Panel to Include a Climate Denialist

North Coast News
Immigration or citizenship status could be added to anti-discrimination law under proposed legislation (Saldaña) 

Peninsula Daily News
Proposed public records bill dead in Legislature (Pederson, Billig)
Lawmakers seek to regulate homeless camps on church property (Darnielle)
State Senate bill would ban homeless camps near schools
Social media extortion could be a new crime in Washington state

Puget Sound Business Journal
Wall Street, seeking big tax breaks, sets sights on distressed main streets
This legislation could force stores to take your cash

Redmond Reporter
Repercussions could come to law enforcement who refuse I-1639, AG says 

The Reflector
Immigration or citizenship status could soon be added to anti-discrimination law (Saldaña) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1 million; expected to climb higher
Do you rely on a bus through downtown? Prepare for big changes
UW Medicine mistakenly exposed information on nearly 1 million patients
Renton School District construction bond falls short of required voter turnout
Man arrested for threatening county sheriffs over Washington’s new gun law
Residents facing gentrification could get priority for affordable housing under new Seattle plan
Citizen panel accuses Seattle police of backtracking on reforms, violating federal agreement
Nguyen & Senn: To break cycle of poverty, struggling families need the state to boost temporary lifeline
Editorial: Prioritize and fund the clearing of rape-kit backlog (Orwall, Ormsby)

Spokesman Review
House votes to raise smoking age to 21 (Chopp, Orwall)
Washington could ban eyeball tattoos (Cody, Tharinger)
Voting for more than one candidate in an election suggested
Opinion: Living wage and unions: A history easily forgotten, and a call to action

Tri-City Herald
Want an extra hour of daylight all year? Washington considers making the change  

USA Today
Democrats prepare resolution to try to stop Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the border
The Trump administration keeps breaking up migrant families. Here’s how they do it

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Property taxes see small increase on Vashon 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Lawmakers must follow state’s Open Records Act (Pedersen) 

Washington Post
Allies decline request to stay in Syria after U.S. troops withdraw
Supreme Court limits power of states and localities to impose fines, seize property
W.Va. teachers end strike after charter school measure expires
Some anti-vaccination parents cite religious exemptions. Measles outbreaks could change that.
Veterans groups ask VA secretary to keep GI benefits out of the hands of predatory colleges
Slight economic slowdown gives Fed reason to pause interest rate increases
Mortgage rates fall for the third week in a row

Wenatchee World
Want an extra hour of daylight all year? Washington considers making the change 

Yakima Herald Republic
State provides $100,000 to remove cows killed in Sunnyside blizzard
Editorial: Up to courts, not law enforcement, to determine legality of gun law



Vaccine exemption debate continues in Olympia (Cleveland) 

Pacific Northwest in an earthquake lull, according to new study
Puget Sound toxic wood removal could take 10 years without more funding
King County neighborhood tagged with racist graffiti
Tacoma Public Schools seeks input on $30 million in cuts
I-405/SR-167 flyover ramp opens Thursday ahead of schedule

State Senate unanimously passes bill to help relocating military families (Randall)
Task force report outlines recommendations for pretrial reform
Matt Shea introduces bill to repeal I-1639 gun measure (Blake)
Bill to raise tobacco sales age to 21 passes Washington House
State considering feasibility study for potential Tacoma fast ferry (Fey)
Hundreds rally to fight for vaccine exemptions
Russian bots, social media spreading anti-vaccine fears

Neighbors band together after racist graffiti turns up in Sammamish
State lawmakers weigh 2 vaccine exemption bills
Personal data of nearly 1 million UW Medicine patients exposed online
Measles vaccine opponents take fight to the state capital in wake of new bill (Cleveland)

Oyster growers push for pesticide permits to control burrowing shrimp this summer  

Bill to Help Relocating Military Families Passes State Senate (Randall) 

New bill takes aim at state’s rape kit backlog (Orwall)
Clark County Measles Outbreak At 63 Confirmed Measles Cases, 1 Suspected
U.S. Hate Groups Rose 30 Percent In Recent Years, Watchdog Group Reports

NW Public Radio
Washington lawmakers weigh two vaccine exemption bills 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Almost 1 million UW Medicine patients’ information exposed in data breach
Hundreds sign up to speak at hearing on vaccine exemptions (Cleveland)
‘Oso Slide Memorial Highway’ — Commission approves naming stretch of SR530 for landslide victims
State bill would require comprehensive sex education in public schools (Dhingra)



How forecasting ‘underwater weather’ could save WA’s shellfish
Union contract is a ‘barrier’ to ending oversight of SPD, says commission
Public-records debate in Olympia may be decided in court (Pederson, Billig, Pellicciotti, Sullivan)

Daylight Saving Time bill: ‘Send it to the voters,’ says state senator (Mullet)
Bill passes raising tobacco sale age to 21
Tim Eyman breaks silence on alleged office chair theft
Study: 1 of 5 booked into jail are homeless, mostly for nonviolent crimes
Matt Shea introduces bill to repeal I-1639 gun measure

Punitive WorkFirst policies disproportionately harm families of color 

Seattle P.I.
Legislation introduced to investigate UW Medicine data breach