Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, April 16


Associated Press
In wake of Duck crash, Legislature updates century-old law (Santos, Hasegawa)
With billions to spend, feds unsure who lacks broadband
Medical marijuana in schools, cannabis testing bills advance
Proposed eviction-law reforms clear second floor vote (Kuderer)
Bill to let parents give medical marijuana to their students clears state Senate
Microsoft overhauls how it investigates discrimination and sexual harassment
Feds agree to expand habitat protections for Northwest orcas
Police in Washington state seize $1.16M worth of narcotics
Restrictions on debt collections advance in Legislature
Pace of dam study center of controversy
Newhouse says critics of dam study seek to undermine it  

Auburn Examiner
House Passes Bill Creating Commission on LGBTQ Inequities (Wilson, Randall, Das, SaldañaDarneille, Pedersen, Liias, Nguyen, Cleveland, Dhingra, Hunt, Macri, Jinkins, Stanford, Kilduff, Doglio, Bergquist, Valdez, Peterson, Davis, Tarleton, Leavitt, Pollet)  

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Federal government agrees to expand habitat protections for Pacific Northwest orcas 

The Columbian
In Our View: State should lead in clean-energy innovation (Tarleton)
Letter: Cheers for Senate Bill 5116 

The Daily News
PacifiCorps commits $20m to salmon, steelhead habitat improvements
Man suspected of killing deputy ID’d; he’s brother of another cop killer   

Everett Herald (subscription required)
To make room for light rail, 5,300 trees will fall along I-5
They want to lead EvCC and will be here soon to tell you why
Editorial: Lifting gillnet ban on Columbia poorly timed move  

Journal of the San Juan Islands
County welcomes new deputy prosecuting attorney  

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Lawsuit alleges Bremerton teacher confined alone in classroom with violent student
Will Navy, tribes follow state law and increase tobacco age from 18 to 21?
Letter: Let’s reform tax structure through modest changes  

News Tribune (subscription required)
‘Warehousing’ mentally ill defendants should decrease under bill passed Monday, lawmakers say (Jinkins, Dhingra)
Videos show fire raging as the historic Notre Dame Cathedral burns 
Few fish mean no summer chinook season on the Columbia River. Fall fishing forecast in flux   

New York Times
In Search for Leverage, Trump May Be Undercutting His Own Trade Deals  

Olympian (subscription required)
Former Ben Moore’s spot could soon showcase SPSCC’s brewing, culinary programs
Thurston County narcotics task force seizes drugs worth $1.16 million   

Peninsula Daily News
Legislation to cut rape kit processing times heads to governor’s desk (Orwall)
Final cost of Port Angeles bridge fencing comes in low at $766,950 (Chapman, Tharinger, Van De Wege)
Native American health care bill heads for governor’s desk (Van De Wege, McCoy, Tharinger) 

Puget Sound Business Journal
Analyst: Hit from 737 MAX won’t threaten Boeing’s spot as top aerospace brand
US companies reveal pay gap between bosses and workers
The companies that paid the most — and least — to the IRS last year  

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington Senate passes bills aimed at helping consumers break out of debt (Pedersen, Kilduff)
What an Olympic medalist, homeless in Seattle, wants you to know
Franz, Rolfes, Van De WegeChallenge the new normal and dedicate funding to innovative ways to reduce wildfires
Editorial: Keep homeless-services providers accountable
Column: Challenge the new normal and dedicate funding to innovative ways to reduce wildfires (Van De Wege, Rolfes) 

Spokesman Review
High number of layoffs at Rogers High School shows ongoing disparity among city’s schools
EWU restructuring programs, cutting positions to fix $3.6 million shortfall
Washington Legislature into the final push to decide money for schools as pressure mounts (Billig)
Senate approves help for consumers in debt (Pedersen)
Editorial: Spokane never gave up on its transit dream
Opinion: Teachers are worth much more than test scores
Opinion: Vaccinations are effective, and vital to community health
Opinion: Parents must be informed on – and trusted with – vaccination decisions  

Tri-City Herald
Few fish mean no summer chinook season on the Columbia River. Fall fishing forecast in flux 
Your gas taxes will pay for new Highway 395 cameras, flashing warning lights and more   

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

Washington Post
Unaware he had measles, a man traveled from N.Y. to Michigan, infecting 39 people
CDC reports 90 new measles cases as outbreak approaches record
The Health 202: Obamacare marketplaces fare better in states that embrace them  

Yakima Herald Republic
Bill could help address teacher shortage, increase diversity
Editorial: Let Kachess plan proceed, but listen to homeowners  



Measles Outbreak ‘Accelerates,’ Health Officials Warn
Robert Mueller’s Russia Report Is Coming Thursday. Here’s What You Need To Know
Mueller Report Release Will Likely Escalate Tensions Between Trump And Congress  

Ducky’s Bill advances in the legislature (Blake)  

NW Public Radio
Suspect killed in fatal shooting of Cowlitz County sheriff’s Deputy Justin DeRosier 



Opinion: There is a way to help kids get mental health: telemedicine  

Seattle Medium
Morgan Bill To Help Disabled Veterans Access In-state Tuition Clears Legislature (Morgan)  

Taxes make health happen  

Scientific American
Washington Aims to Decarbonize its Electricity Grid (Fitzgibbon)  

Seattle P.I.
Endangered marine species win one over Trump Administration  

Lawmakers Take Away LCB’s Control Over Pot Labs (Stanford)