Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, March 13


Associated Press
Senate OKs bill to vacate some marijuana convictions (Nguyen)
Trump signs major public lands bill that includes Yakima funding into law
Presidential tax return requirement passes Washington Senate (Kuderer)
Correction: Low-Carbon Fuels story (Fitzgibbon)
Countries and carriers around globe ground Boeing 737 MAX
US health officials move to tighten sales of e-cigarettes
Judge won’t let unvaccinated children back in school
Navy rejects more noise testing for Washington state island
TSA: Don’t leave loaded guns in carry-on bags
Washington House passes low-carbon fuels standard (Fitzgibbon)
Washington joins other states in suing major opioid shippers

Aberdeen Daily World
How they voted in Olympia (Takko, Van De Wege, Blake, Chapman, Tharinger)
Carbon fee back on the table for Washington (Hobbs)
Misdemeanor marijuana convictions could be erased under bill passed by state Senate (Nguyen, Kuderer) 

Auburn Reporter
Senate passes bill to make childcare facilities gun-free zones (Wilson) 

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
School bonds will continue to require 60 percent approval after GOP blocks reform (Wellman, Keiser, Liias) 

Bothell Reporter
Palumbo, Stanford and Kloba to host town hall meeting March 23 in Bothell (Palumbo, Stanford, Kloba) 

In Our View: Laying strong foundation for new I-5 Bridge (Cleveland, Hobbs) 

The Daily News
State Senate passes plastic bag ban, customer fee still in question (Takko, Das) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Q&A: Coping with the information void after the 737 crash
Report: Feds not keeping tabs on billions spent at Hanford
Commentary: Thorough look required into 737 Max 8 crashes

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Washington Attorney General sues three Fortune 15 companies for negligently fueling opioid epidemic
Airport master plan nears completion

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
North Mason School District considers later start times for older students
Roll call: How state lawmakers voted (Appleton, Hansen, Rolfes, Randall)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Washington House passes low-carbon fuels standard (Fitzgibbon) 

New York Times
F.D.A. Moves to Restrict Flavored E-Cigarette Sales to Teenagers
Congress Warns Against Medicaid Cuts: ‘You Just Wait for the Firestorm’
Bill to Curtail Future Emergency Declarations Could Save Trump’s Current One

Puget Sound Business Journal
Providence CFO says health care is getting ‘left behind’ when it comes to technology
Boeing’s chief, in appeal to Trump, vouches for the plane’s safety
U.S. flight attendants join call to ground Boeing 737 Max jets
Actresses and business leaders charged in college admissions bribery scandal

Renton Reporter
Column: Trade issues coalesce Washington’s delegation 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington House passes clean-fuels legislation sought by Inslee (Fitzgibbon, Chapman, Carlyle)
Federal lands bill creates National Heritage Area from Seattle to Ellensburg
737 MAX flights are rare at Sea-Tac Airport; Southwest accommodates concerned travelers
FAA won’t ground Boeing 737 MAX, resisting calls by overseas regulators, aviation experts
FYI Guy: 1 in 4 marijuana users get stoned at work in states with legal weed, survey says
Editorial: Streamline and support college financial-aid process
Wellman & Braun: Special-education students deserve a pathway to success

Seattle Weekly
He might be the youngest city council member in the state (Mead) 

Skagit Valley Herald
County considers ban on public smoking, vaping 

Spokesman Review
Gun rules for child care centers pass Senate (Pedersen, Takko)
School bond levies will still need supermajority after Senate rejects constitutional amendement (Wellman, Pedersen, Hunt, Hobbs)
Washington Senate approves bill backing permanent daylight saving time (Mullet)
Washington Legislature approves bill to buy back bump stocks for $150 each before they become illegal (Ormsby)
Washington joins other states in suing major opioid shippers
Column: ‘Constitutional sheriffs’ who reject new gun laws are a threat to democratic principles
Opinion: WSMA supports stronger immunization policies
Opinion: Long-term care act would give families peace of mind
Opinion: Schools’ levying authority needs boost

USA Today
Facts alone don’t sway anti-vaxxers. So what does?
Why once-supportive Senate Republicans may sink House Dreamer bill
Pentagon’s transgender policy will ban those who require treatment for gender dysphoria

Washington Post
FAA doubles down on decision not to ground the Boeing 737 Max, as counterparts around the world have done
FDA rolls out vaping policy to make it harder for minors to buy flavored products
California Gov. Gavin Newsom to impose moratorium on death penalty
Purdue Pharma CEO says bankruptcy is ‘an option’ as company faces opioid lawsuits

Whidbey News-Times
School District Bonds voting requirements to remain the same after Senate vote fails (Conway, Pedersen, Wellman)
Senate unanimously votes to create statewide broadband office (Wellman)
Central Whidbey nonprofit has big plans for tiny house
Navy agrees to pay $867,000 to restore historic Ferry House
Fifth graders raise more than $8,100 for cancer research
Kayaker under dock disrupts ferry service Saturday
Letter: State Ferries’ response to incident was troubling

Yakima Herald Republic
Support for groundwater cleanup plan in short supply
Editorial: Federal education campaign on vaccine safety needs a fiscal booster shot



Bill allowing simple majority for Washington school bonds dies in Senate (Wellman)

Presidential tax return requirement passes Washington Senate
Washington House passes low-carbon fuels standard (Fitzgibbon) 

Measure to lower threshold for approval of school bonds fails in the state Senate (Randall) 

NW Public Radio
Genetically engineered salmon swim closer to store shelves, concerning tribes and food groups
After years in the thick of trouble, Washington inmate finds hope for a second chance
Washington lawmakers move one step closer to vacating misdemeanor marijuana convictions (Nguyen)
Study shows potential link between Parkinson’s and widely used herbicide in agricultural regions

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington joins other states in suing major opioid shippers



While King County reforms how it investigates police shootings, cases pile up 

My Ballard
State seeks public input on future use of Interbay National Guard property 

Seattle P.I.
State Senate showdown on school bonds: Republicans block amendment (Wellman) 

Washington State Lawmaker Calls Adversity “A Gift” For Students (Palumbo)
Bill Requiring Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns Passes Washington Senate (Kuderer)
Bill That Could Vacate 68,000 Washington Pot Convictions Passes Senate (Nguyen)