Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, February 7

Data: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction;

Washington bill would limit student isolation and restraint
Students in Washington schools are being restrained or put in isolation thousands of times per year, state data shows — something a bill in the state Legislature aims to change. Restraining and isolating kids has no clear educational or therapeutic benefit, and can cause physical and psychological harm, state and federal officials say. A proposal to restrict the use of restraint and isolation in Washington’s public K–12 schools — first introduced last year — cleared the state House Appropriations Committee on Monday and could soon come before the full House for a vote. Continue reading at Axios. (Jared Whalen)

A memorial for Manuel “Manny” Ellis at the intersection in Tacoma where he died on March 3, 2020, after being restrained by Tacoma police officers.

WA Senate passes bill that would ban hogtying by police
Washington is moving to bar police from hogtying suspects, a proposal spurred by the March 2020 death of 33-year-old Manuel Ellis, who had been hogtied and told police several times that he couldn’t breathe. The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 6009, which would ban the practice and classify it as excessive force. The bill now goes to the House for consideration. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ted S. Warren)

Oak Harbor Rep. seeks to regulate Artificial Intelligence in Washington Legislature
State Rep. Clyde Shavers is concerned that artificial intelligence has the potential to spread discrimination, create child pornography and generally act in an unethical manner. Shavers, a Democrat from Oak Harbor, sponsored two bills and a memorial to the federal government concerning the increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence, or AI. These were introduced in early January and are now being reviewed by the committee. Continue reading at South Whidbey Record.


Aberdeen Daily World
Effort to revitalize Quinault language enters Grays Harbor schools

Washington bill would limit student isolation and restraint (Callan)
FAA head vows to hold Boeing accountable for any safety violations
Federal watchdog says Boeing door plug blowout likely involved missing bolts

Bellingham Herald
Whatcom County farm program focused on bridging gaps in food access plans to shut down

Rent limit proposal forges ahead in Washington House  (Cleveland)
Washington and Oregon buck trend of rising gas prices across U.S.
Weather-proof, pocket-sized guides link homeless people in Clark County with important resources

The Daily News
Cowlitz County has $2M available to update public roads, bridges and more

Everett Herald
‘It’s just starting’: Inslee champions climate initiatives in Marysville

Indian Country Today
Commission pauses changes to wildlife management policy

New York Times
Meta Calls for Industry Effort to Label A.I.-Generated Content
Biden Administration Toughens Limits on Deadly Air Pollution
When the Biggest Student Mental Health Advocates Are the Students
Many Transgender Americans Face Stigma and Financial Hardship, Survey Finds
Students Are Making a ‘Surprising’ Rebound From Pandemic Closures. But Some May Never Catch Up.

Northwest Asian Weekly
At Lunar New Year, celebrating with the community is paramount to local leadership (Ryu, Santos)

Proposal to create state Housing Department heads to House floor for debate (Morgan)

Port Townsend Leader

Jefferson County affordable housing projects awarded over $10M

Seattle’s Child
How to celebrate Lunar New Year in the Seattle area (Thai)

Seattle Times
Free COVID-19, flu tests at new WA kiosks
WA Senate passes bill that would ban hogtying by police (Trudeau, Lovick)
Why King County homeless count continues, even with accuracy in doubt
WA lawmakers propose grant to help homeowners rebuild after wildfires (Riccelli)
Adult dancers in Washington state want a strippers’ bill of rights. Here’s how it could help them.
Opinion: Workers on strike in WA should not get unemployment benefits

South Whidbey Record
Oak Harbor Rep. seeks to regulate Artificial Intelligence in Washington Legislature (Shavers)

Spokesman Review
Spokane’s water rates for customers outside city limits must be “just and reasonable,” court rules amid yearslong fight

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
WA bill wants to create ‘healthier’ prisons for inmates, officers

Wenatchee World
‘It’s a big unknown’: Chelan County PUD considers impacts of agreements between feds, states, tribes

Yakima Herald-Republic
New regional Ecology director David Bowen focused on water issues and more


Sound Transit link extension delayed until 2026
Community members, mayor address homelessness in Burien
Foster parents call for improved child welfare laws in Washington (Ortiz-Self)
Court documents: Man’s gun fell off table, killing his 1-year-old daughter
Federal Way gun store to pay $3 million for illegally selling high-capacity magazines
Overdoses continue in state juvenile facility, despite governor’s insistence of ‘improvement’

‘It’s alarming’: WSP investigating 9 freeway shootings in 2024
New bill would further curb noncompete clauses for workers across Washington (Stanford)
NTSB report finds crucial bolts missing from blown-out door plug on Boeing 737 MAX 9
‘Worst drug threat I’ve seen’: Washington’s teen fentanyl overdoses double rate of U.S. average

PLU, WSU to build MultiCare center for increased medical access in Pierce County
Pause to Washington’s lewd conduct law could set stage for liquor sales at strip clubs

KNKX Public Radio
Washington state Senate unanimously approves ban on hog-tying by police (Trudeau, Lovick)

KUOW Public Radio
Federal Way gun store owner to pay $3 million for violating Washington gun law
Burien’s Sunnydale Village was a ‘safe community’ for over 60 homeless people. Now it’s gone


Cascadia Daily News
Whatcom fentanyl emergency would direct funds for treatment
Opinion: Local, state reps agree: Rent stabilization is both necessary and popular with voters