Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, March 6


Associated Press
US to end protections for gray wolves in Lower 48 states
Washington House passes bill limiting vaccine exemptions
4,000 gallons of sewage spills at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Plastic bag ban passes Washington Senate (Das, Carlyle)
Washington Senate moves to amend 1909 wrongful death law (Hasegawa, Pedersen)
Washington House passes bill limiting vaccine exemptions
New training for school police passes Senate
Proposal to expand risk orders to minors clears Senate
Washington Senate votes to restrict non-compete contracts

Aberdeen Daily World
State seeks feedback on future of Heron and Wishkah bridges in Aberdeen
Most Washington state salmon returns predicted to be worse than last year
Legislature votes to move up Washington state’s presidential primary  (Valdez)

Bainbridge Island Review
Survey says: Islanders said they voted no on SAFE levy due to lack of trust in Bainbridge council, city government
Bainbridge city council upholds ethics complaint against Councilman Peltier
Bill to require comprehensive sex education passes Senate | 2019 Legislative Session (Wellman, Randall) 

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
School lessons increasingly a target for climate skeptics

Bothell Reporter
100 percent Washington | Letter (Palumbo) 

Clark County reports two new suspected measles cases, one exposure site
In Our View: House should follow Senate on clean energy (Carlyle)

 The Daily News
Kelso stays neutral on I-1639
As drug charges increase, courts look for more ways to divert cases

Eastern Washington Statesman Examiner
On the Hot Seat: State shouldn’t meddle in H-2A guest worker program (McCoy, Saldana, Hasegawa, Conway, Van De Wege, Keiser, Rolfes, Wellman, Dhingra, Kuderer) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Snohomish County PUD cancels energy rate increase
Sewage spilled at Puget Sound Naval shipyard
Muhlstein: Paine airport battle lasted longer than the Thirty Years War
Commentary: Rent control may hurt those it’s meant to help
Editorial: Paine Field can prove itself second to none
Letter: House should adopt Senate bill on sex education (McCoy, Salomon, Robinson, Sells, Ryu, Davis)

Island’s Weekly
Funding to encourage thoughtful online behavior (Liias, Wellman)
Lovelett introduces bill for island stewardship (Lovelett) 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Guest Column: Orca Expert Recommended Actions 

News Tribune (subscription required)
Sumner purchases property for $142,000 to expand park
State waives snow days for Puyallup students

New York Times
In the Middle of His Official Business, Trump Took the Time to Send Checks to Michael Cohen
Trade Deficit Soars to Record Level
Homeland Security Chief Cites ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ on Border
Trump Dismisses 81 House Document Requests. Here’s Where They Went.
What Really Makes a Difference in Vaccination Rates?

Olympian (subscription required)
City clears State Ave. homeless camp despite criticism from advocates
Tumwater Falls Park expected to reopen Thursday; trail near brewery will stay closed

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tourism spending in King County up nearly 6 percent to $7.8B 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle wants to make developers create affordable housing. How’s that going in Portland?
Solar project, with more than a half-million panels, proposed for private and state lands near Columbia River
What’s happened — or hasn’t — since The Times reported on lead in Seattle schools’ drinking water (Pollet, Santos)
2 Mercer Island students photographed giving Nazi salute
Westneat: ‘Highway robbery’: How our presidential primary is also a marketing scheme, run through your ballot
Editorial: Sexting teens are not pornographers (Frame, Dhingra)

Spokesman Review
Emergency homeless ‘camps’ would be exempt from some state rules (Rolfes)
Lawsuit claims state failed to intervene in Spokane Valley ‘child torture’ case
Car thieves could face community supervision after prison (Billig)

USA Today
Democrats attack Trump immigration policy; Kirstjen Nielsen grilled over family separations
Following Trump tax cut, federal budget deficit up 77 percent so far this budget year
Trump Organization’s insurance records subpoenaed by NY financial regulator as investigations widen
Border Patrol: 300 percent spike in family apprehensions creates ‘humanitarian crisis’

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Ferguson contacts WA sheriffs about enforcing gun control measure 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: State DOC must do better tracking inmates’ sentences (Goodman)
Op-ed: Four principles to protect your data and promote innovation 

Washington Post
Trump promised to shrink the trade deficit. Instead, it exploded.
Teen who defied anti-vax mom says she got false information from one source: Facebook
Blindsided by your 2018 taxes? How to prepare now for your 2019 return.
From $22 an hour to $11: GM job cuts in Ohio show a hot economy is still leaving parts of America behind
‘I think you mean that, too’: Trump’s aides struggle to defend, explain his foreign policy statements

Whidbey News-Times
Officer-involved shooting was justified, prosecutor concludes
Coupeville school district installs water coolers
Guest Column: Ground broken for new Coupeville water treatment plant

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima City Council OKs gang prevention pilot program
Washington Attorney General files suit in Yakima on abortion rule



Washington House passes bill limiting vaccine exemptions
Statewide plastic bag ban passes Washington Senate (Das, Carlyle)
Focus on vaccine education and legislation
Bill to legalize sports betting gains traction in Olympia (Pettigrew)
Daylight saving time starts Sunday. This bill could make it permanent 

Washington House passes bill limiting vaccine exemptions
Plastic bag ban passes Washington Senate (Das, Carlyle)

Seattle’s Housing Market Cooldown Could Be Over Already
18-Year-Old Testifies About Getting Vaccinated Despite Mother’s Anti-Vaccine Beliefs
Despite Trump’s Promises, The Trade Deficit Is Only Getting Wider
White supremacist propaganda rises in Washington state, report says

NW Public Radio
Investigation: Federal disaster aid disproportionately goes to whte communities, despite need
Washington lawmakers seek smoother path to redemption for formerly incarcerated residents (Hansen)
Large study provides more evidence that MMR vaccines don’t cause autism 

Measles outbreak sparks fears, renews tensions over mandatory vaccination 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington House passes bill limiting vaccine exemptions
Plastic bag ban passes Washington Senate (Das, Carlyle)



In Washington, teen sexting is a felony — but that could change 

NBC Right Now
RAL student serves as page (Takko) 

Taxing capital gains helps repair economic racism 

Seattle P.I.
State Senate votes to create Seattle Storm license plate (Randall)
Adult entertainers’ rights legislation on House floor in Olympia (Orwall, Saldaña) 

Inslee Maintains Support for Embattled Liquor and Cannabis Board Member (Palumbo, Reeves)
A Bill Decriminalizing Teen Sexting Passes the House, Causing Republican to Scream About Anal Sex on the Floor (Frame)