Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, April 2


Associated Press
Legislature votes to codify some health care rules (Davis)
North Dakota may sue Washington over oil train safety bill
US health officials alarmed by paralyzing illness in kids
New 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals judge sworn in
House, Senate budgets advance alongside new tax proposals (Billig, Frockt, Rolfes, Dhingra)
Port of Vancouver logs record-breaking cargo in 2018
Measles count in US this year already more than all of 2018
States renew push for taxes on sugary drinks
Wash. state, Colorado aim to ease rules on marijuana industry (Saldana)
Lawmakers honor M’s Edgar Martinez for Hall of Fame career

Aberdeen Daily World
Tsunami danger the subject of public info sessions in Aberdeen and O.S. on April 10
Guest Editorial: Columbia River Treaty complex — but worth it
Oped: Noah Smith: Capitalism needs reform, not revolution

Auburn Reporter
King County bail reform hinges on pretrial decision making 

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Opinion: ‘I saw very little harm in something that I had been taught very little about.’ We do. 

Chinook Observer
‘How did my state lawmakers vote in Olympia?’ (Takko, Blake)
Letter: Urge legislators to oppose laws leading to higher fuel prices (Takko, Blake) 

Columbia Basin-Herald
Bill to abolish abortion introduced only after deadline (Cody)

Vancouver family advocates for longer elementary school lunches (Thai)
Washington Senate honors former Mariner Edgar Martinez (Hunt)

The Daily Evergreen
Eco-friendly bill could lead to potential gas price increase (Slatter, Fitzgibbon, Kloba)
Domestic abuse, brain injury link inspires bill

The Daily News
Millennium dealt another blow in federal lawsuit 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett and Boeing agree on a new way to measure traffic
Bloomberg: Boeing says it needs more time to fix 737 Max software
WaPo: EPA adviser: Trump’s rollback of car rules could cost jobs
WaPo:Gerson: Cutting U.S. aid will only make migrant crisis worse
Editorial: Lawmakers, be pals and approve J.P. Patches plate  (Lovick)

Islands’ Weekly
Orca task force unites for year two
House Democrats propose budget that includes new taxes (Sullivan, Tarleton)﷟

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Public hospital district hears about long-term care 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
New Seattle ferry facilities opening this summer
Kitsap’s Elwha: state seeks to build Highway 3 bridge at Chico Creek

New York Times
Impasse Over Aid for Puerto Rico Stalls Billions in Federal Disaster Relief
Americans Borrowed $88 Billion to Pay for Health Care Last Year, Survey Finds
Congestion Pricing: N.Y. Embraced It. Will Other Clogged Cities Follow?

Peninsula Daily News
Olympic Medical Center funding included in state Senate budget (Van De Wege, Chapman, Tharinger)
Commissioner of Public Lands highlights fire suppression bill in visit (Van De Wege, Chapman)
Malicious harassment renamed hate crime in proposed state legislation (Salomon, Valdez)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Study: Seattle tech industry drives economy, but one major imbalance persists statewide
Impasse over aid for Puerto Rico stalls billions in federal disaster relief
Where Seattle’s life sciences sector ranks on a national scale (hint: it’s pretty good)

Renton Reporter
King County bail reform hinges on pretrial decision making 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Frustrated King County residents want a plan to address homeless crisis, new poll says
Gates are padlocked at Seattle’s homeless tiny-house villages as dispute escalates
‘There’s so much at stake’: Seattle-area officials announce $1 million fund ahead of 2020 census
Podcast: Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes defends efforts on drug crimes and homelessness
Editorial: Expand WSU medical school

Seattle Weekly
Sound Transit seeks $790 million federal grant for light rail extension 

Skagit Valley Herald
Residents raise concerns about proposed mine 

Spokesman Review
Divided Washington Senate panel backs end to personal exemption on MMR vaccine (Keiser, Cleveland)
Longer time limits for rape charges approved by Washington House committee (Goodman)
Opinion: State House must act on needed sex-ed bill 

USA Today
Census officials await Supreme Court decision on whether to add, drop citizenship question 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Robocalling is out of control
Washington could elevate razor clam to special status

Washington Post
U.S. officials said aid to El Salvador helped slow migration. Now Trump is canceling it.
Gun rights groups celebrate win as judge rejects California’s ban on high-capacity magazines
There was actually a study to determine if red wolves are wolves. The answer could have doomed them.
Shell quits trade group over climate-change positions
All eyes are watching as Boeing prepares software update months after Indonesia plane crash

Yakima Herald Republic
Far-right Patriot Prayer activist group to tour Ellensburg, CWU
Editorial: Transparency crucial in hiring police chief



Issaquah School District calls racially-insensitive school dance post ‘awful and appalling’ (Ortiz-Self)
From prisoner to mentor: Federal Way man serves as beacon of hope for teens
Grieving mom seeks stricter standards for dangerous furniture
Security costs for Gov. Inslee’s presidential run may burden Washington taxpayers
WSDOT working on big changes to I-5 in Lacey
Washington state prisons ban used book donations

New sales tax rate increases in effect in several Washington state cities, counties
Lawmaker fights for Washington death penalty as bill to abolish gains momentum

State public lands commissioner seeks unprecedented $55M increase to wildfire budget
Washington to use federal funds to test rape kits

How Seattle plans to count everyone in the next census

NW Public Radio
Northwest students compete for title of most fuel efficient car
Study says growing corn is a major contributor to air pollution

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘We are deeply troubled’: Issaquah School District responds to racist social media post
Local sales taxes going up in several Washington cities, counties
The only landfill in King County could be expanded even more, making neighbors upset
State Dept. of Corrections bans used books in Washington prisons



WA is already burning and that could mean another smoky summer
Building a seawall? These ‘fish cops’ might come knocking (Van De Wege, Fitzgibbon)
Opinion: WA should help 1M workers save for retirement
Opinion: In Olympia, government greed over public need

In push to save orcas, should Washington fish cops get more power? (Van De Wege, Fitzgibbon) 

NBC Right Now
Bill would create fire fund (Van De Wege, Rolfes) 

Funding for 2020 census outreach is imperative 

Seattle P.I.
Big coal export project on Washington’s Columbia River loses in federal court
Opioid guidelines must stay — Ferguson, AGs tell Trump administration
Ignore bizarre bunk: Legislature must require kids’ vaccination (Cleveland)

As Zuckerberg Calls for New Internet Regulations, His Company Is Resisting Them Here in Washington State
Washington Prisoners May No Longer Be Able to Receive Donated Books