Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, April 17


Associated Press
Resurrected Seattle traffic camera proposal clears House (Fitzgibbon)
EU threatens to tax $20 billion of US goods over Boeing aid
Asylum seekers who show credible fear not eligible for bond
State Senate OKs step toward year-round daylight saving time
Senate passes measure to create long-term care program
Starbucks expanding solar, enough to power 360 Texas stores
House OKs bill to vacate some marijuana convictions
Resurrected Seattle traffic camera proposal clears House
Malnourished gray whale found dead in Seattle’s Elliott Bay

Arlington Times
Arlington careful in planning growth 

Auburn Reporter
Senate passes House bill to provide healthier food for students (Wilson)
Stokesbary statement on House Democrats’ passage of title only data privacy bill (Carlyle)
Fortunato urges veto of economically damaging legislation
Human waste: Unlikely climate change hero?
Lawmakers need to re-examine budget before adjourning

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
People busted for small-time pot possession get a break from state Legislature (Nguyen, Goodman, Fitzgibbon)
Bill allowing parents to sue for the wrongful death of adult children heads to governor (Santos, Goodman, Springer, Hasegawa) 

In Our View: Keep gillnet ban, but assist commercial anglers 

The Daily News
Business, community rally to support DeRosier family
Kelso council honors slain deputy, law enforcement

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett gets 40 new beds for at-risk youth and young adults
Emotional day for families as wrongful death bill is passed
After years of easy riding, gas prices going up
Illness sidelines Sen. McCoy as pace of lawmaking heats up (McCoy)
WaPo: Rampell: Citizenship question in census would degrade data
Letter: If the state wans to keep clam, it should be a geoduck
Letter: Have parents pay for school extras, not local taxpayers

Federal Way Mirror
House passes Wilson bill to expand access to early learning programs (Wilson)
Sex ed bill: Fact or fiction (Wilson)

The Inlander
Washington’s tax system disproportionately impacts middle and low-income families. Could state lawmakers change that this year? (Jinkins, Billig) 

The Island Guardian
Local Union Sues Their Union 

Islands’ Weekly
Larsen hosts community coffee
Guest Column: The death of Tahlequah’s calf

Kent Reporter
Legislature passes bill to help homeowners facing foreclosure from property tax hikes (Orwall) 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bill to help homeless college students heads to Inslee’s desk (Randall)

Monroe Monitor
Democrats in Olympia push through governor’s “green” agenda and public health care coverage bills. Union-protection measure awaits final vote. (Blake) 

News Tribune (subscription required)
People busted for small-time pot possession get a break from state Legislature (Fitzgibbon)
Bill allowing parents to sue for the wrongful death of adult children heads to governor (Hasegawa) 

New York Times
Interior Dept. Opens Ethics Investigation of Its New Chief, David Bernhardt
In New Effort to Deter Migrants, Barr Withholds Bail to Asylum Seekers
‘When the Glaciers Disappear, Those Species Will Go Extinct’

Peninsula Daily News
Port Angeles student serves as state House page (Tharinger)
Final cost of Port Angeles bridge fencing comes in low at $766950 (Chapman, Tharinger, Van De Wege) 

Puget Sound Business Journal
Sea-Tac Airport to boost safety programs after surge in airfield incidents
Five bits of Boeing news you may have missed amid the Max crisis
Microsoft, Columbia Bank, Premera Blue Cross among Washington’s largest corporate philanthropists

Seattle Times (subscription required)
State House approves allowing Seattle to use traffic-enforcement cameras at crosswalks, bus lanes (Fitzgibbon)
Washington’s ‘forgotten’ community colleges call for more funding from the state
UW institute developing lifetime flu vaccine gets $45 million award
Washington needs to move faster on plans to enroll all eligible children in preschool by 2022
Washington lawmakers, advocates agree special-education policy must change, but time is running out (Sullivan, Pollet, Wellman)
Westneat: The fight to fund the schools was supposedly won. So why are they now slashing librarians?
Opinion: Restore the Snake River? Stakeholder talks are the right next step

Skagit Valley Herald
Large or small, no towns are immune to opioid epidemic
2019 salmon seasons set

Spokesman Review
Washington Senate: Yes on year-round daylight saving time, no on public vote (Hunt, Mullet, Van De Wege)
Supervision program approved by Washington Legislature will try to stop career car thieves (Goodman)
Senate votes aye on eyeball tattoo ban (Cleveland)
Washington Senate votes to repeal 1881 law to help consumers in debt (Pedersen)

USA Today
Sea sick: Plastic garbage in the North Atlantic Ocean skyrocketing 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Students who count on CBD for relief will benefit from new law 

Washington Post
Doctors in five states charged with prescribing pain killers for cash, sex
Consumers are buying contaminated meat, doctors’ group says in lawsuit
Consumers around the world are spending less on almost everything. Even booze.
Same-sex couples applying for a mortgage face higher rejection and worse rates, study finds
Opinion: Seattle isn’t afraid of immigrants, Mr. Trump

Whidbey News-Times
Island seniors face isolation
North Whidbey Fire board hears grievances from district firefighters
Guest Column: Retrieving ocean trash is only the first step
Letter: On brink of homelessness as cost of living increases
Letter: Residents shouldn’t be charged for the stormwater runoff

Yakima Herald Republic
Mosbrucker bill on murdered, missing Native women goes to the governor



Senate votes to keep Washington on year-round daylight saving time (Riccelli) 

Analysis: Lawmakers ramp up work on bills in final two weeks of regular session

State Senate Votes to Stay on Daylight Saving Time (Riccelli) 

NW Public Radio
‘Good fire’ season: how land managers select areas for prescribed burns



Civic Skunkworks
It’s Time to Turn Our Tax System Right-Side Up (Senate Democrats) 

How we beat wildfires by burning the forest first 

Washington is close to making history on long-term care 

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Preserving a pearl of a view — Oyster Dome on Blanchard Mountain is saved
Connelly: House OK’s stepped up traffic camera enforcement in Seattle (Fitzgibbon)
Lawmakers ease penalties on illegal pot sales by ‘budtenders’ 

Washington State Is Nowhere Near to Using Its Full Cannabis Growing Capacity