Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, February 16

A TVW screenshot shoes two people in dark green shirts sitting at a table. There are more desks, stacked chairs, and boxes in the background behind them.

Bill would let some young people who are incarcerated transition to live in the community
It can be difficult for anyone who’s been incarcerated to readjust to life after getting out. A bill working its way through the Legislature would allow some young people in juvenile rehabilitation to serve part of their sentences in the community with the aim of facilitating a better transition. Continue reading at KNKX. (TVW)

A girl in jeans and a black top walks a golden retriever across lawn, with trees and buildings in the background.

Teens pushing WA Legislature to ban retail puppy sales
In the last legislative session, House Bill 1640 sought to ban pet retailers like Fairwood Pet Center from selling dogs and cats. Since breeding regulations from 2009 already prohibit the practices that constitute puppy mills and kitten factories, HB 1640 would have ended the supply chain that funnels out-of-state animals raised in these conditions without interfering with the federal rules of interstate commerce. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Dorothy Edwards)

Three bills that help families would help us all
We pay mass sums of money to put children in hotel rooms and nearly nothing to provide housing and food security to the parents we are taking them away from. Yes, simply being homeless or food insecure is considered neglect. And taking a child away from their loving parent can create trauma in children that will likely never get addressed. Continue reading at The Everett Herald.


Associated Press
Law would end driver’s license suspensions over unpaid fines (Randall)
Mercer Island considers homeless ordinance
Washington’s Sound Transit system faces $11.5B shortfall
Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable
Stocks slightly higher, natural gas prices climb sharply
Officials: state trooper’s death caused by toxic chemicals
Woman dead, woman jailed after fight over a political sign
Northwest winter storm leaves outages, possible flooding

Aberdeen Daily World
How local lawmakers voted in Olympia (Tharinger, Chapman)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Here’s how much Whatcom got in pandemic relief to help renters
Schools must have COVID relief funds and more resources to reopen safely, Fauci says

Capital Press
Senate committee keeps Washington OT pay issue alive (Keiser)
Washington farm groups seek changes to capital gains tax bill (Senn)

Region’s restaurants reopen as Southwest Washington enters Phase 2

The Daily News
Herrera Beutler’s revelations rocked the impeachment and made headlines across the U.S.
Southwest Washington Regional Airport to protect environment, move underground fuel tanks, above ground

Everett Herald (subscription required)
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Op-Ed by Rep. Wicks: Three bills that help families would help us all
WaPo Comment: McConnell argues against McConnell on impeachment
Letter: Tulalip Tribes deserve praise for vaccination effort

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bill backed by Bremerton state senator looks to end ‘driving while poor’ law (Randall)
Snow turns to slush as rain returns to Kitsap, northwest
Bill aims to fight wildfire before ‘Evergreen state turns charcoal black’
State-funded project should’ve included local bids, SAFE Boats says
Construction on largest residential development in Poulsbo history set to begin this year

News Tribune (subscription required)
Lakewood plans ‘game changer’ development to include retail, restaurant, residential
Freeman Road residents take Puyallup to court over warehouse rezoning
Editorial: Rep. Herrera Beutler earns all Washingtonians’ respect for role in Trump impeachment

New York Times
Police Forces Have Long Tried to Weed Out Extremists in the Ranks. Then Came the Capitol Riot.
N.A.A.C.P. Sues Trump and Giuliani Over Election Fight and Jan. 6 Riot
Pelosi Vows to Move Forward With Independent Inquiry Into Capitol Riot

North American Post
Seattle Public Schools Dual Language Immersion Programs

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston board of commissioners OKs climate emergency declaration, mitigation plan
How one group pushed young Latino voters to register: letting them Google how to do it
Thurston sees first week with fewer than 200 COVID-19 cases in more than 3 months
Thurston official recommends more students go to school as new COVID-19 cases subside
More Republicans want Trump to play big role in GOP after second impeachment, poll says

Peninsula Daily News
MAT clinic ruling appears to end litigation
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Jefferson Healthcare to resume first doses

Puget Sound Business Journal
Biden and the Fed leave 1970s inflation fears behind
DSA expects full economic recovery will take at least 2 years

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Gray whales learn daring feeding strategy in Puget Sound: Digging for ghost shrimp at high tide
Public-private ‘vaccine equity’ fund aims to bring doses to Black and brown communities in Washington state
Tim Eyman had said losing his court case would end his career in politics. Now he proclaims: ‘full steam ahead.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan touts 70% vaccination target in low-key, final State of the City address
‘We have to stop all this infighting’: Seattle’s former homelessness director on why we spend so much without a fix
Editorial: Lift children out of poverty
Opinion: Fund a national suicide-prevention response network (Orwall, Dhingra)

Skagit Valley Herald
Restaurant welcomes move into Phase 2

South Seattle Emerald
Help for the hungry: mutual aid networks thrive during pandemic
Durkan focuses on vaccination, “reopening downtown” in brief State of the City remarks
Community bicycling groups hope to get ‘arbitrary’ and ‘troubling’ helmet laws on county public health board’s agenda in February

Spokesman Review
Statewide vaccine equity efforts could see a philanthropic boost
We’ve got a clock ticking’: Calls for help grow as end to eviction moratorium inches closer
State financial aid offers lifeline to Washington students during crisis

Tri-City Herald
Richland reconsiders police body cameras after another officer-involved shooting
Op-Ed: Disabled Tri-Citians need better access to our community
Op-Ed: Hazardous cleanup demands safety first 

USA Today
‘It’s like we’re trying our best to help the virus’: A fourth wave is looming if US fails to contain COVID-19 variants, experts say
America has a history of medically abusing Black people. No wonder many are wary of COVID-19 vaccines
After mass closures and too little support, post-pandemic child care options will be scarce
Poll: A majority of Americans say they want Trump to be unable to hold future office

Washington Post
 Power outages plague Texas, other states amid deadly cold, snow
U.S. seven-day average of daily new cases drops below 90,000 for first time since early November
Pelosi says there will be a 9/11 Commission-style panel to examine Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima & Selah Neighbors’ Network helps seniors stay in their homes – and get COVID-19 vaccinations
Backlog of COVID-19 cases in Yakima County due to delayed reporting by testing facilities
Law would end driver’s license suspensions over unpaid fines (Randall)
Congressman hopes politics align on divisive Northwest dams\


KING 5 poll: Majority disapprove of proposed Washington gas tax hike (Fey)
Mercer Island considers camping ban on public property
Washington fund aims to boost COVID-19 vaccine equity in BIPOC, rural communities

Mercer Island considers law that would ban public camping, direct homeless to other cities’ shelters
Sending cash with the click of a button on an app means you can lose it just as quickly
Governor blames lack of first COVID-19 vaccine doses on hospital, providers
Sound Transit facing $11.5B shortfall
Charity to raise $15 million for vaccine equity
Pierce County hiring COVID recovery team members

When will Washington move to Phase 3 under state’s reopening plan? (Jinkins)
After CDC ruling, state’s school districts ponder when they can resume in-class learning
Tense confrontation on Capitol Hill after protesters block patrol car with snow berm
Mercer Island considers homeless ordinance to prohibit camping on public property
Amid protests and unrest, demand for security jobs in Washington has jumped

Bill would let some young people who are incarcerated transition to live in the community

Nancy Pelosi Announces Plans For 9/11-Style Commission To Study Capitol Attack
Pandemic updates for Washington state
As adult family homes fall through vaccine system cracks, Seattle and Bellevue fire departments help pull them out
What McDonald’s Shows About The Minimum Wage
Immigration Hard-Liner Files Reveal 40-Year Bid Behind Trump’s Census Obsession
New, Daily Coronavirus Cases Drop Below 100K For First Time In Months

NW Public Radio
Study: Warmer Weather Will Increase Flooding In Columbia River Basin This Century

Q13 TV (Fox)
90-year-old Seattle woman walks 6 miles in the snow to get coronavirus vaccine


Becker’s Hospital Review
Several states are proposing laws to cut drug prices (Keiser)

Teens pushing WA Legislature to ban retail puppy sales (Walen, Thai, Kuderer, Dhingra)

Difficult driving in mountain passes, avalanche danger closes I-90 Snoqualmie Pass
Mercer Island council set to vote on bill banning homeless camping
Durkan speaks to ‘final chapters’ of COVID crisis in her last State of the City address
Washington to briefly divert focus toward second doses of vaccine

Seattle P.I.
Washington sees ‘fairly low’ levels of COVID-19 transmission in K-12 schools, report finds
New proposal in King County would give grocery store workers $4 per hour in hazard pay

The Choice Is Clear for Washington Democrats: Pass Progressive Taxes or Perpetuate a Racist Tax Code (Frame, Robinson, Senn, Macri, Orwall, Jinkins, Nguyen, Mullet, Hobbs, Takko, Palumbo, Carlyle, Van De Wege, Cleveland)
Will You Donate to Fix Washington’s Vaccine Equity Problems?
Queer Organizers Converge on Olympia to Push Police Overhauls (Macri)