Washington State House Democrats


Monday, April 15


Associated Press
Trump says Boeing should re-brand the grounded 737 MAX
Boeing makes 96 flights to test software on troubled MAX jet
50-year low in jobless claims but not just from few layoffs
Spokane announces elimination of school librarian positions
Eastern Washington University faces budget deficit
Washington sexting bill aims to shield teens from adult law
Newhouse says critics of dam study seek to undermine it
Medical marijuana in schools, cannabis testing bills advance
Irrigators keeping eye on weather amid drought declaration
Residents weigh in on new smoking, vaping age of 21
Medical marijuana in schools, cannabis testing bills advance
Trump sanctuary city idea could help some immigrants
Official: Raise insurance tax to help fight wildfires (Van de WegeRolfes
Proposed eviction-law reforms clear second floor vote (Kuderer)
Legislature approves school safety centers
Yakima County officials step up ban on marijuana businesses
Spokane schools blames McCleary laws for deficit, layoffs
Ground broken for permanent homeless shelter in Kirkland  

Alaska Native News 
Resolutions Introduced in 3 States to Designate 2019 as International Year of the Salmon (Lekanoff)  

Alton Telegraph
Official: Raise insurance tax to help fight wildfires (Van De Wege, Rolfes)  

Arlington Times
Letters: Opioid bill flawed, as is request for more money for schools  

Auburn Reporter
House passes Wilson bill creating commission on LGBTQ inequities (Wilson)
Auburn Riverside student commits to pursuing STEM careers during Olympia celebration  

Bainbridge Island Review
Bainbridge city council OK budget change for purchase of medical center building  

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Trump wants to speed up the Snake River dams decision. Democrats wonder why the rush
Newhouse says critics of dam study seek to undermine it
Eastern Washington University faces budget deficit
Now Whatcom County’s severe housing problems are impacting health rankings
Bellingham technology firm receives $11 million investment that could add local jobs  

Centralia Chronicle
Bill Allowing Centralia Access to Greenwood Memorial Park Appears Headed to Governor’s Desk (Takko)  

Chinook Observer 
Democrats in Olympia push through governor’s ‘green’ agenda and public healthcare coverage bills (Blake, Takko)  

Cleveland plays key role in guiding wide range of medical-related bills (Cleveland)
Some Republicans support plan to explore universal health care (Cleveland)
In Our View: Changes to primary are victories for voters
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Dawn Harris, fallen power lines  

The Daily News
Capitol Dispatch: Lawmakers pass legislation on childcare, early learning (Blake, Takko)  

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Proposed toll lanes are creating headaches for lawmakers (Fey, Hobbs, Palumbo, Mead)
UW Bothell sees unprecedented increase in applications
Commentary: Leave local school levies where they’re at
Editorial: Start work on regional response to climate change (Robinson, Mead, Liias)
Editorial: State must cure poor funding of public health (Robinson)  

Islands’ Weekly
Senate Democrats roll out budget and accompanying “Fix Our Tax Code” plan (Billig, Rolfes, Dhingra)
Legislation to confiscate firearms in domestic violence situations moves forward (Jenkins)  

News Tribune (subscription required)
Man found dead in homeless camp after shooting in Tacoma
It’s been 70 years since the earth shook for an entire minute. Are we due for a repeat?
Trump wants to speed up the Snake River dams decision. Democrats wonder why the rush 
‘Failure of the criminal justice system.’ State moves to clear backlog of 10,000 rape kits   

New York Times
The Supreme Court Will Soon Consider Whether the Census Will Include a Citizenship Question
V.A. Officials, and the Nation, Battle an Unrelenting Tide of Veteran Suicides  

Olympian (subscription required)
Bill would likely approve dredging and flood-prevention project on Satsop River
Affordable housing could get boost after lawmakers expand use of real estate excise tax  

Peninsula Daily News
Outlook report stirs fire concerns despite rain on North Olympic Peninsula
Native American health care bill heads for governor’s desk (Van De Wege, Chapman, Tharinger)  

Puget Sound Business Journal
Trump says private sector should take the lead on 5G
HBR: The biggest hurdles recent graduates face when entering the workforce
Shocked by your tax refund? Next year could be worse unless you act now
Checking on social security estimates is a good idea, but many people don’t do it  

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Microsoft makes clean-power deal with Chelan PUD
Yakima Herald-Republic: Uprooting cannabis: Officials stepping up enforcement of ban on recreational marijuana businesses
Suspect in Cowlitz County deputy’s killing is fatally shot
Ask An Expert: Congestion pricing is coming to New York City. Could Seattle be next?
Proposed eviction-law reforms clear second floor vote (Kuderer)
Amid turmoil, judge rules Washington State Bar Association must disclose correspondence that explains director’s firing
Beason: Diversion programs for young offenders point us in a new direction in the pursuit of justice
Editorial: Let the IRS help taxpayers file for free
Opinion: Fund levelheaded research into cannabis legalization
Opinion: Fund training to reduce restraint and isolation of students  

Seattle Weekly
Amazon confirms move to Bellevue  

Skagit Valley Herald
Students learn about trades, apprenticeships
A new reality: The impact of opioids on Skagit County  

Tri-City Herald
Trump wants to speed up the Snake River dams decision. Democrats wonder why the rush 
More public access is coming for Rattlesnake Mountain. But how much is enough?
Editorial: Pawning off one farmer as representing all is a cheap trick in the dam-removal campaign 
Opinion: Legal marijuana: Are we going to pot?
Opinion: Plastic bag ban does not need paper bag fee  

USA Today
Inside Trump administration’s mysterious plan to secure a 2020 census citizenship question
Measles cases see biggest jump this year with 555 confirmed in 20 states  

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Overhauling mental-health system must be done correctly
Editorial: Eliminating statute of limitation for child sex crimes serves justice  

Washington Post
Trump tweets he would ‘FIX’ and ‘REBRAND’ Boeing 737 Max  

Whidbey News-Times
This time, Wright’s Crossing development faces fewer hurdles
Port seeking money, community support to fix wharf
Coupeville Port settles lawsuit with ex-director
Firefighters to confront district board at meeting
Landing practices scheduled for April 15-21
Recycling cumbersome, but as necessary as ever
Letter: Be certain to you pay your property taxes on time  

Yakima Herald Republic
Legislature OK’s bill to end backlog of testing rape kits, but funding still needed (Orwall)
Nursing matters: Can local programs help fill the Yakima nursing gap?
Protesters rally against ICE outside Yakima jail
Editorial: New Yakima police chief must address 
past, be more 
open in future
Editorial: Nurses need breaks — for everyone’s safety 



State lawmakers pass bill preventing mid-lease rent hikes (Robinson)
Senate passes proposal allowing medical marijuana in schools (Takko)  

House OKs bill providing services to homeless Wash. college students (Randall)  

Washington House votes to commit to 100% clean energy (Lekanoff, Shewemake, Morris)   

Why Astronomical Drug Prices Are Bad For Health — And Profit  

Spokane Public Radio 
“Clean Energy” Bill Clears Washington State House (Lekanoff)  



Forget Smokey — new tech helps us assess fire danger
Lynnwood uses disaster shelters for the homeless. Could Seattle?
Opinion: Washington state’s prison policies serve no one  

Kitsap Daily News 
26th Legislative District lawmakers vote on bills in final weeks of the session (Randall)  

Seattle P.I.
Cowlitz County deputy killed in shooting; police arrest ‘person of interest’
Connelly: Demeaning the homeless of Seattle: Our new Jim Crow  

Eviction Reform Bill Clears Big Hurdle, No Thanks to Democrats and Republicans Who Apparently Think Poor People Hang Steaks in Their Attics to Frame Their Landlords (Reeves, Pettigrew, Hudgins, Springer, Blake, Morgan, Kuderer)