Washington State House Democrats


Friday, April 12


Associated Press
Southwest removes 737 Max from flight schedule until August
Spokane schools blames McCleary laws for deficit, layoffs
Nurse files class action suit over unpaid breaks
House OKs 100 percent clean energy in Washington by 2045
Sexting bill would divert teens from adult sex offense rules

Auburn Reporter
Legislation targets rape kit backlog (Orwall)
Opinion: Woman on 17-day fast to spotlight orcas’ plight 

Capital Press
Removing gravel to save farmland tagged onto orca bill (Van De Wege, Blake) 

Legislature OKs bill to boost project to replace I-5 Bridge (Cleveland, Wylie, Fey)

The Daily News
County Public Works asks drivers to respect road crews
Local schools make forward progress toward opening regional skills center
State Ecology Department, environmental groups oppose Trump orders 

The Daily World
Senate passes legislation that could pursue dredging of Satsop River (Van De Wege) 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Navy growth might require a bigger Naval Station Everett
Lakewood schools leader tells why he’s going to Saudi Arabia
Mukilteo ferry terminal takes shape and could open in 2020
Affordable housing projects could bring 700 units to Everett
Higher prices are on the horizon for state ferry riders

The Inlander
Washington will get to 100 percent clean grid by 2045 if Senate agrees with House changes (Tarleton, Shewmaker) 

The Island Guardian
Possible Changes To Clean Water Rule

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Looking Back 40 Years with the San Juan Preservation Trust and Friends of the San Juans 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Suquamish Way roundabout considered in Highway 305 improvements package
Sexting bill would shield teens from adult sex offense rules (Dhingra)

New York Times
Murders by Intimate Partners Are on the Rise, Study Finds
Native American Women Are Facing a Crisis
White House Considered Releasing Migrants in ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Peninsula Daily News
State eyes options for Fort Worden’s shore

Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing CEO says 737 Max test flights for software update have been successful
Opinion: Stop unnecessary tests for healthy patients that cost millions per year
Opinion: Seattle businesses should seek new trading partners

Renton Reporter
Legislation targets rape kit backlog (Orwall) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Boeing’s other problem: Much-needed Air Force tanker keeps hitting snafus
A push to treat homelessness like a natural disaster, on the steps of Seattle City Hall
Amazon reveals what typical U.S. worker makes after its minimum-wage bump
Are LGBTQ seniors dying of loneliness? It’s possible, research says
Beason: As King County looks to end youth detention, Choose 180 offers a path of ‘restorative justice’
Editorial: Legislature, abolish Washington’s death penalty
Opinion: With billions more in state budget, it’s time to fully fund salmon recovery

Seattle Weekly
Legislation targets rape kit backlog (Orwall) 

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County reopens Marblemount mine permits for comment
County to update Homeless Housing Plan

Spokesman Review
Spokane schools issues 325 layoff notices amid budget shortfall (Ormsby, Billig)
Legislature eases penalties for ‘sexting’ teens (Pedersen, Dhingra)
House OKs 100 percent clean energy in Washington by 2045 (Tarleton)
Column: Union reps’ push for private negotiations reason enough to raise questions against such secrecy
Opinion: Bold plan for wildfire response, forest health is needed

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: State can’t hire Marie Kondo to de-clutter state archives 

USA Today
Pentagon transgender troop policy takes effect, barring recruits needing transition surgery
‘A new level of inhumanity’: Democrats denounce White House idea to release migrants in sanctuary cities 

Vancouver Business Journal
Technology for all students leads to recognition for Vancouver Public Schools 

Montesano Vidette
Bill would likely approve dredging and flood-prevention project on Satsop River (Van De Wege, Blake)

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: More funding for community colleges needed (Hansen) 

Washington Post
White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes
How does measles spread? Do I need another MMR vaccine shot? How dangerous is measles? FAQ on the outbreaks.

Whidbey News-Times
Legislation to reduce rape kit processing times heads to governor (Orwall)
Woman on a 17- day hunger strike to save the Southern Resident Orcas 

Yakima Herald Republic
Uprooting cannabis: Officials stepping up enforcement of ban on recreational marijuana businesses
Family takes Pierce County coroner to court over suicide



Transgender military ban takes effect as lawsuit continues in Washington
In wake of cold cases, Legislature poised to expand DNA testing (Dhingra)

Sexual abuse laws poised for massive changes in Washington state 

NW Public Radio
New technology will help northwest forest managers assess wildfire danger



What WA can expect after raising the tobacco age to 21 

Gov. Inslee calls for national marijuana legalization
Clark County could be nearing end to measles outbreak
The Northwest’s recycling crisis is serious, but you can help
Seattle ‘block the box’ bill could get second life in Olympia (Fitzgibbon)

Senate leaders push for a better tax code 

Seattle P.I.
Legislature’s energy plan: A coal-free Washington by 2025 (Tarleton, Doglio, Shewmake) 

The Legislature Is So Close to Passing This Stripper Bill!
Washington’s Legislature Is Close to Passing Major Pot Enforcement Reform (Palumbo)