Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, February 11

 Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with a supporter of a college grant program, Monday, Feb. 10, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed a measure that changes the structure of a new business and occupation tax surcharge levied on some professional services and technology companies in order to create a more stable revenue stream for the state's college grant program. RACHEL LA CORTE AP PHOTO

College grant funding bill signed into law
Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed the first new law of this year’s legislative session, a measure that changes the structure of a new business and occupation tax surcharge levied on some professional services and technology companies in order to create a more stable revenue stream for the state’s college grant program. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Rachel La Corte/AP Photo)

Attorney General William Barr waves as he walks on stage to speak at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington

Justice Department brings new suits over sanctuary policies
The Justice Department ratcheted up legal pressure Monday on local governments over “sanctuary” policies that hinder federal immigration officers, bringing two new lawsuits and launching a coordinated messaging campaign to highlight an election-year priority of President Donald Trump. Declaring that law enforcement officers are being “put in harm’s way by these ideologically driven policies,” Attorney General William Barr said the Trump administration is suing the state of New Jersey and the county that is home to Seattle over immigration policies that offer protections to immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Continue reading at The Skagit Valley Herald. (Susan Walsh)

RIP to these Washington state legislative bills
our weeks into the 2020 legislative session, it’s impossible to say what new laws will be created to address major issues like the environment, homelessness or taxes. It is possible to predict with some certainty some bills that won’t become law.Friday was the first of several deadlines known as cut-off dates, which a bill has to get past with a minimum level of approval to remain viable in the scramble to push legislation through the two chambers before the session ends March 12. Continue reading at The Daily World.


Associated Press
Seattle City Council approves winter eviction ban
Timber companies, environmentalists sign ‘historic’ pact
Justice department sues King County over ban at Boeing Field
College grant funding bill signed into law
Ethics board dismisses staffer complaint against lawmaker (Santos)
Officials seek voluntary evacuations due to landslide risk
Committee OKs carve out for media on birth date disclosure (Gregerson)
Bill would create office to collect firearm violence data (Dhingra)
Defense rests without Weinstein testifying at rape trial
Philippines notifies US of intent to end major security pact
US says Chinese military stole masses of Americans’ data
Justice Department brings new suits over sanctuary policies
Many winter residential evictions banned in pricey Seattle
Epilepsy treatment side effect: New insights about the brain
Concordia University in Oregon to close this year
US speeds cases of translators, others blocked by travel ban
Feds suing NJ, Seattle county over ‘sanctuary’ policies
Psychiatric hospital patient dies, another hospitalized
Trump wins suit over records of meetings with world leaders
Aberdeen Daily World
County gets $750,000 over two years to stem opioid epidemic
Rep. Walsh introduces bill to reduce classroom disruptions
RIP to these Washington state legislative bills (Van De Wege)
Letter: Gun bill goes further than necessary
Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
‘There’s so many hungry kids’ and these Whatcom volunteers ‘don’t want to look away’
Trump administration proposes deep Hanford spending cuts. “Woefully short,” says senator
Patient found dead at Western State Hospital, another hospitalized
Olympia woman among those stuck on quarantined cruise ship in Japan
Bothell Reporter
Gov. Inslee signs tax bill to help fund higher education (Pedersen)
In Our View: We must be wary of election interference
Everett Herald (subscription required)
Early light rail station preparations under way in Lynnwood
Cornfield Report: Halfway there, budget committees dive into a pile of bills (Santos)
Fortney decries hire of ex-sheriff as ‘political payback’
Editorial: Ballot’s ‘push polls’ on taxes don’t advise anyone
Federal Way Mirror
King County Metro bus fleet will be electrified by 2035
The Inlander
WSU researchers receive grant to study rural incarceration in Eastern Washington
Islands’ Weekly
Comprehensive Plan draft transportation element and appendix now available
King County studies youth gun violence amid rising suicides
Windows and Mirrors: We need to, but how do we talk about race?
Mental illness: Lawmakers propose plan to treat without consent
UW summarizes Washington climate impact on water
The future could look a lot like this year’s flood season
Journal of the San Juan Islands
Flooding results in county road closures
More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law (Dhingra)
Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
As Kitsap’s housing crunch continues, home prices soar
Naval Base Kitsap can house passengers quarantined for coronavirus
News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County is a mess of fireworks rules. Will one big city finally catch up?
High risk of serious harm.’ Multiple violations found at Tacoma psychiatric hospital last year
Bill would lower car tabs for Pierce taxpayers, but Sound Transit warns of delays (Liias)
New York Times
Ransomware attacks mount, crippling cities and businesses
Trump says coronavirus ‘will go away in April,’ when it gets warmer
Shooting of Man in the Face by ICE Turns Into a Trump-New York Fight
Peninsula Daily News
Housing group looking for solutions for workforce
Opinion: On car taxes, Sound Transit says it gets it, but does it? (Liias)
Legislation would change tax to benefit small businesses (Pedersen, Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)
Committee approves carve out for media on birth date disclosure (Gregerson)
Sprint, T-Mobile win judicial approval of merger
Safe haven dollar is headwind for US economy
Opinion: Regulation lags behind banking in the digital age

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle City Council OKs ban on wintertime evictions; here’s how it would work for renters, landlords
Seattle looks at allowing far more tiny house villages and tent cities
Don’t take away Seattle’s ability to tax big businesses, City Council tells Washington lawmakers (Macri, Springer, Kesier)
Gov. Jay Inslee signs college grant funding bill into law
Will the sun stick around in the Seattle area? Sorry, but …
Trump administration suing King County to allow deportation flights from Boeing Field
Hundreds blocked by travel ban move to front of the line, in settlement filed in Seattle
Seattle University launches public course to bring the ethics of artificial intelligence to the masses
Seattle teenagers get a crash course in cooking and food justice
West Seattle church to host ‘safe lot’ for people living in cars, as pilot program starts to expand
Police shoot and kill man near downtown Kennewick
Washington judge rules city noise ordinance unconstitutional
Patient found dead, another unresponsive at Western State Hospital
 Cladoosby defeated in Swinomish Senate election
Annual conference aims to connect, empower women
Spokesman Review
Inslee signs B&O tax surcharge to pay for expanded college aid
Federal attorneys fire opening shot in fight over immigration enforcement restrictions in state of Washington
GSI-backed bill designed to bring development dollars to East Side
Tri-City Herald
Trump administration proposes deep Hanford spending cuts. “Woefully short,” says senator
54 flood victims, 12 pets rescued by helicopters. Damaged I-84 and Hwy 12 reopen
Guest Opinion: Looming power shortage is ‘killer argument’ against dam-breaching
USA Today
President Trump slams sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, calling it a ‘miscarriage of justice’
Trump says Coronavirus will be gone by April when the weather gets warmer, doesn’t offer scientific explanation
Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
For decades, CIA read encrypted communications of allies and adversaries
Once-powerful Montana mining town warily awaits cleanup of its toxic past
Some Americans are already voting by phone. Here’s why that could become more popular.
China urges countries to restore ties for sake of global economy as coronavirus deaths pass 1,000
The U.S. deported them, ignoring their pleas. Then they were killed.
In South Dakota, a budding transgender movement is taking on conservative lawmakers — and winning
A stolen plaque marking slave auctions shook Charlottesville. Then an odd thing happened.
The coronavirus is spreading rapidly. So is misinformation about it.
Wenatchee World
Vibrant murals on Yakamart building bring awareness to missing, murdered indigenous peopl


“How can dumping a murdered body be a misdemeanor?”: Spokane families work to change state law
Federal judge approves T-Mobile’s $26.5B takeover of Sprint
Common recycling mistakes and how to fix them
Voluntary evacuations in Fall City due to landslide concerns
UW testing technique identifies 64 new chemicals in Puget Sound
Mudslide isolates Snohomish County community — and the fix could take a year
Mother of 5 dies after 4 days of solitary confinement at SCORE (GRAPHIC WARNING)
DOJ sues King County to resume ICE flights
Classes canceled at two schools in Shoreline as police investigate threats
Victoria Clipper proposes taking over Anacortes-Sidney ferry route if state pulls out
Kent named one of most ethnically diverse cities in America
Feds sue King County over immigration flight ban at Boeing Field
Washington lawmaker introduces student restraint legislation
New proposal to authorize additional tiny home villages in Seattle advances
Lawmaker wants to end better-than-Boeing tax break for prescription drug warehouses (Davis)
Flood Waters Begin To Recede In Pacific Northwest
Helicopter Rescues, Highways Closed, Sandbags Filled As SE Washington And NE Oregon Hit With Floods
Seattle Council bans some winter evictions, but mayor will have final say
Barr: ‘Door Is Open’ To Giuliani Tips On Ukraine, Though They’d Be Scrutinized
‘Proceed very cautiously’: Experts say WA online elections raise security concerns
Chinese Hackers Charged In Alleged Cyber-Theft Of 145 Million Americans’ Data
Amazon Wants Trump To Testify About Military Contract Awarded To Microsoft
NW Public Radio
Federal Government Sues King County Over Ban Of Deportation Flights From Boeing Field
Mitzi Montoya Left Job As WSU’s Provost After 2 Months. Newly Obtained Emails Shed Light
Canadian Court Clears The Way For Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion; First Nations Opposed
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Seattle City Council passes moratorium on winter evictions
Escorted convoy helps residents near Mount Rainier navigate through landslides on SR 706


After a century of suppression, Native languages are being revived in Washington schools (McCoy)
King County’s new youth jail and the false promise of ‘zero youth detention’
DOJ suing over ban on Boeing Field ICE flights
Seattle City Council approves Sawant’s ban on winter evictions
New Washington state bill would track and merge gun violence data
Judge clears a major path to T-Mobile’s $26.5B Sprint bid
Seattle City Council passes amended proposal to ban winter evictions
15 U.S. senators sign letter to Jeff Bezos demanding Amazon put worker safety ahead of profits