Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, April 30


Associated Press
Affirmative action initiative passes Washington Legislature (Nguyen) 
At contentious annual meeting, Boeing CEO defends 737 design 
Deputy AG Rosenstein submits letter of resignation to Trump 
Experts: Human error may be cause of Seattle crane collapse 
Hanford contractor earns $3.8M in government incentive pay 
Immigrant-heavy GOP states OK with census citizen question 
Legislature passes “lid lift” local tax rules for schools 
State allocates $750K to study removal of Snake River dams 
Timestamps show lawmaker was in chat that discussed violence 
Trump wants to charge asylum-seekers to apply 
Washington lawmakers adjourn 105-day legislative session (Rolfes) 
Washington lawmakers pass tax bills ahead of adjournment (Rolfes, Robinson)
Wash. Legislature finishes session: What passed, what died (Ormsby)
US judge in Oregon blocks Trump abortion referral rule
Officials declare measles outbreak in Pacific Northwest over
The Latest: Washington lawmakers pass new state budget
Gray Whales washing up dead on Northwest Beaches
Public health care option clears Washington Legislature
Newspaper: Chat logs contradict lawmaker’s claim on violence
Lawsuit seeks to bar release of bump stock sellers’ names  

Aberdeen Daily World
Project to fix slide area on Cosi Hill to last more than a year
$10 million for North Shore Levee in 2019-21 state capital budget
Legislators approve raised levy amount for school districts (Blake, Takko, Tharinger, Chapman, Van De Wege)  

Arlington Times
City Council mulls $8.2M in bonds for new Smokey Point fire station, capital projects  

Auburn Reporter
Rep. Stokesbary issues statement on passage of state operating budget
Fortunato urges veto of economically damaging legislation
Letter: Senator’s sorry remarks reflect divided Olympia 

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Radioactive waste tunnel at Hanford stabilized after fears of a possible ‘catastrophic’ collapse
Atlantic salmon farm ready to pay fine after 2017 pen collapse near Bellingham
Washington state budget includes money for interstate bridge
Atlantic salmon farm ready to pay fine after 2017 pen collapse near Bellingham  

Bothell Reporter
Bothell High’s Alexander serves as page in state Senate (Palumbo)
Hits and misses from Legislature’s 2019 session  

Legislature budget boosts education (Cleveland)
Legislature makes deadline, secures $35M for I-5 Bridge (Cleveland, Wylie)
Shoppers, say goodbye to sales tax exemption (Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier)
In Our View: Legislature hits deadline, gets mixed report card
Cheers & Jeers: A smart bill, and deeply sad loss (Wylie)
Rep. Kraft comes up short in 2019 legislative session (Cleveland)
Majority floor leader, Monica Stonier aims for House speaker position (Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier, Chopp, Dolan)  

Everett Herald (subscription required)
The state is getting close to expand tolling (Palumbo, Kloba, Mead)
With last-minute deal on school levies, Legislature adjourns (Davis, Robinson, Wellman, Chopp)
Students in Washington might get easier path to graduation (Sells, McCoy)
It was an unusual year for the flu in the state and region
Distracted driving: ‘People are just sneakier about it’
Gray Whales washing up dead on Northwest Beaches
The world of recycling is changing, and it will cost you
Bloomberg: Trump drive to boost fossil fuels hits wall in federal courts
Bloomberg: Boeing accused of negligence in new suits by victim families
WaPo: Boeing says safety alert in 737 MAX didn’t work in all planes
WaPo: Just in case: Boeing secures $1.5 billion credit line
McCusker: Disturbing parallels to the 1820s seen in today’s polarization
Editorial: Making census 2020 count in our communities
Editorial: Expand access to mental health telemedicine (Ortiz-Self)  

The Inlander
With Washington legislative session over, environmental groups cheer biggest wins in a decade  (Carlyle)  

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Orca legislation passes
IOSA Oil Spill Meetings Attract a Crowd
Kaiser denial discussions continue  

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
CHI Franciscan hospitals required to pay debt relief as part of lawsuit settlement  

News Tribune (subscription required)
House, Senate approve competing bills to raise ‘levy lid’ as session nears end (Billig, Rolfes, Palumbo, Wellman)  

New York Times
Profitable Giants Like Amazon Pay $0 in Corporate Taxes. Some Voters Are Sick of It.
Conservatives, Often Wary of Foreign Law, Embrace It in Census Case  

Olympian (subscription required)
State’s $9.8 billion transportation budget includes millions for Pierce County projects
Officials declare measles outbreak in Pacific Northwest over
Wash. Legislature finishes session: What passed, what died
Local school districts crunch the numbers on what state budget means for them  

Peninsula Daily News
Lawmakers adjourn 105-day legislative session (Rolfes)
Port Angeles School District assessing state’s levy lid lift (Van De WegeTharinger, Chapman)
$10 million for North Shore Levee in 2019-21 state capital budget (Van De WegeTharinger, Chapman)  

Puget Sound Business Journal
Cannabis, marijuana, weed, pot? Just call it a job machine
Women did everything right. Then work got ‘greedy.’
One Washington state high school cracks top 20 in U.S. News annual ranking
State investigates companies involved in fatal Seattle crane accident 
US companies face shareholder votes over #MeToo concerns
Opinion: True diversity and inclusion efforts will redefine workplace culture  

Renton Reporter
Legislature adjourns on time with new budget, more money for education (Mullet, Rolfes, Sullivan, Wellman) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington House Republicans plan to review allegations against state Rep. Matt Shea
Washington state Senate OKs plan to extend I-405 tolls, with revenue used to pay back bonds  (Hobbs, Fey)
Democrats’ late-night tax votes before budget release in Olympia draw scrutiny
Lawsuit seeks to prevent Washington from releasing names of participants in state’s bump stock-buyback program
New $52 billion state budget boosts spending on college, mental health (RolfesBillig)
Washington state budget unveiled day before Legislature slated to go home (Mullet, Wellman, Ormsby)
Opinion: Eight ways state lawmakers addressed housing affordability (Palumbo, Pedersen, Zeiger, Kuderer, Fitzgibbon, Walen, Robinson)
Investigation into fatal crane collapse in Seattle now spread to 5 companies
Seattle will require closed captioning for TVs in bars, restaurants and stadiums
Not so fast: Washington lawmakers tossed out affirmative-action ban, but voters may get another say
Washington lawmakers struck deal on schools and property-tax levies; here’s how it pencils out (Ormsby)
State universities may consider race and gender in admissions, hiring — and so might the City of Seattle
Deadly sting, wrong target: How the death of a cop’s son led King County deputies to kill a Des Moines teen
Washington lawmakers’ decisions will affect students from preschool to college. Here’s a guide to the education bills that passed.
State budgets $750,000 for outreach over impacts of breaching Lower Snake River dams
With fewer juvenile offenders locked up, an unexpected consequence arises for schools that teach them  

Seattle Weekly
Legislature adjourns on time with new budget, more money for education (Mullet, Rolfes, Sullivan, Wellman)  

Spokesman Review
New law allows supervision of car thieves after prison release
How lawmakers beat the clock, and wound up with a budget and other needed legislation (Ormsby, Billig)
Local school districts crunching budget numbers after Legislature gives more money
Legislature reinstates affirmative action in Washington by passing Initiative 1000 (Jinkins, Valdez, Hasegawa)
Washington lawmakers allow local school districts to increase taxes in final budget deal (Wellman, Billig, Rolfes)
Spin Control: Doing the budget the way it’s always done doesn’t make it the best way (Tarleton)
Gun rally shows off weaponry and flags
Affirmative action initiative likely to spur local discussions about race, gender in employment and recruiting
Opinion: Our agency is committed to supporting child-care providers
Editorial: Ample school funding isn’t enough  

Tri-City Herald
Opinion: The future of EWU as a Hispanic serving institution is critical to its success
Opinion: State needs to fund its fair share of election costs

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Despite record revenue, state taxes likely to climb higher  

Washington Post
Clashes in Venezuela as Guaidó announces ‘final phase’ to remove Maduro
Trump orders overhaul of asylum system, including fees to seek refuge
Schiff says House will make a criminal referral of Trump ally Erik Prince for possible perjury
Congress and White House agree to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure
‘They’re doing it on the backs of patients,’ one cancer center warns Congress about robocalls
Medicare-for-all advocates get their first hearing on Capitol Hill  

Whidbey News-Times
Legislature adjourns on time with new budget, new spending (Mullet, Rolfes, Sullivan, Wellman)
City jail may send inmates to Yakima
Town reviews short-term rental policies
Fire districts negotiate EMS deal with hospital
Oak Harbor may end curbside recycling, or raise rates  

Yakima Herald Republic
What can Yakima County schools expect from state education funding?
Here are the taxes Washington lawmakers are voting to raise — and cut
Gang activity increases every spring in the Yakima Valley, police say. But this time, it’s killing kids.
Pink will be as good as orange for Washington hunters
Yakima Valley projects included in state capital budget
Editorial: Legislature’s late ‘big reveal’ budget hinders transparency  


Washington state Legislature finishes session: What passed, what died
How the new Washington state budget will affect your taxes
Everett family rallies in DC for paid family leave, affordable child care
Creek turned ‘dumping ground’ restored for salmon in West Seattle
Washington Legislature boosts special education funding, but shortfall remains (Pollet)  

Washington lawmakers pass bill eliminating sales tax exemption for Oregonians (Stonier, Wylie)
RVs impounded by police may have tougher time showing back up on streets
Washington, Oregon named among best states in nation for nurses
Fish-farming disaster leads to $322,000 fine  

Washington lawmakers are done this year. Here’s what they passed — and didn’t — in 2019 (Carlyle, Chopp) 
Tax break for electric vehicles makes a comeback in Washington state
Affirmative action opponents file referendum to overturn I-1000 (Valdez, Nguyen)
Seattle Public Schools says it will not have to cut librarians and other school staff
Why are gray whales washing up dead on Pacific Northwest beaches?
WA lawmakers pass $52.4B budget, raise taxes, approve affirmative action and adjourn (Rolfes, Braun, Santos) 
When it comes to mental illness, which reality is real?  

Capitol Dispatch: Local lawmakers passed multiple bills this session (Takko, Blake)  

U.S. Measles Outbreaks Are Driven By A Global Surge In The Virus
Trump Sues 2 Banks To Block Democrats From Investigating His Finances
Juan Guaidó Calls For A Military Uprising, Declares ‘Final Phase’ In Venezuela
Emperor Akihito, Japan’s ‘Surprising Pacifist,’ Steps Down After 30 Years
Tax hike on Amazon and Microsoft will help pay college tuition (Hansen)
Boeing shareholders grill CEO on safety standards
Seattle tragedy highlights Google’s role in tech construction boom  

Washington Lawmakers Approve Protections For People Who Sell Back Bump Stocks (Takko)  

Q13 TV (Fox)
What’s next in state’s investigation into deadly crane collapse? 



Cascadia Advocate 
Washington State Legislature adjourns Sine Die; Jay Inslee says session a huge success (Sullivan, Habib, Billig, Ormsby, Tarleton, Fitzgibbon, Kuderer, Pellicciotti, Dhingra, Randall, Wilson, Das, Lekanoff, Entenman, Thai, Shewmake, Mead, Morgan, Callan, Ramos, Chopp, Stonier)
A huge win for inclusion and opportunity: Washington State Legislature adopts I-1000  

Chinook Observer 
Legislative votes this week (Takko, Blake)  

WA at the center of standoff between asylum seekers, Trump administration
Can Washington save salmon without removing dams?
WA lawmakers reverse affirmative action ban, pass budget and school-levy changes (Ortiz-Self, Billig, Rolfes)
Olympia’s culture of secrecy reveals itself — again (Billig)  

Native News Online
Corrections Relgious Laws: “Changing the language, changing the culture” (Lekanoff)  

HOV cheaters now face harsher fines, block the box bill dies (Fitzgibbon)  

QPB News
Washington Budget Includes $7 Million for Vancouver, Evergreen Schools (Cleveland)  

Seattle Medium
Legislature Creates Washington College Grant Scholarship Program To Help Families Afford College & Apprenticeships (Hansen, Palumbo)  

Seattle P.I.
Will affirmative action be back on Washington’s November ballot? (Jinkins)
The Latest: White House says Trump-Dems meeting ‘productive  

After 20 Years, Washington Repeals Its Ban on Affirmative Action (Valdez, Nguyen, Mullet, Palumbo, Kuderer)