Washington State House Democrats


Monday, May 22

Child brushes her teeth with water from water bottle

Residents with contaminated water near Yakima Training Center still waiting for solutions
In total, more than 80 households in East Selah were informed by the U.S. Army over the last two years that their private water wells were contaminated with dangerous levels of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Commonly referred to as forever chemicals because of their ability to remain in human bodies for decades, PFAS were one of the main components in a firefighting foam used in the nearby Yakima Training Center for decades during firefighting exercises. Continue reading at The Yakima Herald. (Emree Weaver)

File photo of customer looking at cosmetics

Washington state now has the nation’s strongest law against toxic cosmetics
The Washington state Legislature has passed some of the country’s strongest legislation to protect residents from hazardous chemicals in cosmetic products. Starting in 2025, the Toxics-Free Cosmetics Act will ban the manufacture, sale, and distribution of cosmetics containing nine chemicals and chemical classes, including formaldehyde and “forever chemicals.” Continue reading at KNKX. (Getty Images)

Sens. Andy Billig and Manka Dhingra discuss the new drug possession law at a press conference

Here’s how the new drug possession law in Washington is different than what was on the books
Changes to the state’s drug possession laws, prompted by a state Supreme Court ruling, tied the Legislature in knots during its regular session. Negotiators on a special committee proposed a compromise that failed in the House on the final day of the session and never came up for a vote in the Senate. After a three-week break during which members of both parties in the House and Senate negotiated changes, a special session untied the knot in a matter of hours. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Jim Camden)


Aberdeen Daily World
Ocean Shores faces big decisions as tower talks continue
Hoquiam school board votes to close Central Elementary

Seattle must legalize more quadplexes and sixplexes under new law

A dam fine project: Columbia Springs’ replacement to West Briddle Dam key to its mission, fish preservation
Pressure grows on Clark County farmers
Columbia River Gorge goal: Recreation access for all
Editorial: In Our View: Drug law good first step, but there’s more to do (Robinson)

Everett Herald
Nursing homes get short-term 14% funding increase for Medicaid patients
Ferries, fares and facts: Mukilteo-Clinton ferry is virtual meeting topic
Comment: Fact-checking the myths around childhood vaccinations

News Tribune
Tacoma leaders, police see violent crime plan ‘making a difference.’ Here’s what’s next

Olympia City Council awards funds to arts venues struggling to recover from pandemic
Inslee continues to sign 2023 legislation into law, but it’s his vetoes drawing anger

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle region’s plan to reduce homelessness takes big step forward
Opinion: Balance our tree policies to solve the housing crisis

Seattle Times
Having trouble finding mental health care in WA? A new agency can help
Researchers rush to find cause of contagious cancer in PNW clams
Rep. Berg: Swimming against inequity: All children deserve water-safety education

Skagit Valley Herald
Anacortes derelict pier likely to be removed

Spokesman Review
Idaho will soon ban gender-affirming care. Here are the consequences for trans kids
Spokane Riverkeeper, Rockford grain elevator operator agree to plan to clean up Latah Creek
Here’s how the new drug possession law in Washington is different than what was on the books
Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office won’t retry Black man whose convictions prompted charge of racism by appellate judge
Column: A referral to drug treatment is the first step on a long, complicated journey
Column: Opponents of ‘war on drugs’ didn’t let drug possession crisis go to waste (Jinkins, Hasegawa, Saldaña, Pedersen, Chopp, Ryu, Billig, Hackney)

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Columbia County prosecutor requests AG opinion about library petition, dissolution

Washington Post
Book removals may have violated student civil rights, Education Dept. says

WA State Standard
A hard-to-build type of housing gets a state funding boost
The price of a ferry ride is going up, again.
Fish and Wildlife to deploy drones in battle against invasive plants

Yakima Herald-Republic
Army Reserve opens new maintenance facility Yakima Training Center
Residents with contaminated water near Yakima Training Center still waiting for solutions
Smaller spring run prompts fishing closure for Yakamas, other tribes on Columbia River
Editorial: State airport reset leaves Yakima up in the air (Fey)


Residents concerned over the state of Seattle’s streets

As the fentanyl crisis takes hold, how can the addiction be treated?
Snohomish County Executive releases $1.4M spending plan to combat fentanyl
KCRHA sees progress with 5-year homeless plan amid backdrop of issues

KNKX Public Radio
Washington state now has the nation’s strongest law against toxic cosmetics
With growing abortion restrictions, Democrats push for over-the-counter birth control
These are some of the people who’ll be impacted if the U.S. defaults on its debts
Wildfires have burned nearly 1 million acres in western Canada

KUOW Public Radio
Week in Review: drug law, election issues, and A.I.

Former student sues Cheney School District for failing to report sexual abuse
Camp Hope nearing closure as more move out, program helps transform lives

NW Public Radio
Ostrom Mushroom Farms to pay $3.4 million for discrimination
New Washington wine research focuses on climate change, sustainability


Cascadia Daily News
Annual environmental caucus invites community collaboration
Lummi Nation opposes new British Columbia port terminal

Everett shelter got $3M in COVID relief despite complaints
Washington clergy still not required to report child abuse (Frame, Walen)

WA AG, DSHS fined additional $122K in neglect case
More than $220 Million in disaster relief coming to crabbers, salmon fishers
King County sees uptick in highway violence this year
Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ discovered in drinking water all over Washington
Biden to provide federal aid for Seattle to combat homelessness

West Seattle Blog
HELPING: Local cleanups on ‘One Seattle Day of Service’