Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, February 8

House Bill 1958 would allow civil action to be taken against those who remove or tamper with a sexually protective device, such as a condom, before or during intercourse without a partner’s consent.

‘Stealthing’ could soon be banned in WA under bill passed by House
A sexual practice known as stealthing could soon be punishable in Washington state under a bill that passed the House chamber with a bipartisan vote on Wednesday. Stealthing is removing or tampering with a sexually protective device, such as a condom, before or during intercourse without a partner’s consent. It is considered a form of rape and treated as such in some places. House Bill 1958 is sponsored by Rep. Liz Berry, D-Queen Anne, and passed off the debate floor with a 64-33 vote. Berry’s bill is more expansive than laws in other states and adds dental dams, spermicides, cervical caps, and other devices used to prevent pregnancies and the spread of disease to the list of barriers that cannot be removed or tampered with. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (DREAMSTIME)

Law enforcement officers, firefighters and medics from Snohomish, King and Pierce counties use computers to simulate an active shooter scenario in a ballroom at Angel of the Winds Arena on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Everett, Wa

0.3% sales tax for public safety has support of local Democrats, police
Years after Snohomish County’s failed sales tax hike proposition for public safety, the Legislature could pass a bill to allow counties and cities to impose the tax without a public vote. House Bill 2211 would grant local legislative bodies, like city or county councils, to impose up to an extra 0.3% sales tax, with all the revenue going to public safety. Rep. Mary Fosse, D-Everett, is a sponsor of the bill and Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, is a sponsor of its Senate counterpart. Continue reading at The Everett Herald. (Andy Bronson)

Only five states prohibit growing cannabis at home, including Washington.

Olympia considers allowing Washingtonians to cultivate cannabis
Among the states that have legalized recreational cannabis, Washington was a pioneer. Back in 2012, the Evergreen State was the first to move forward with legalization, along with Colorado. Since Washington and Colorado broke down the doors in 2012, 24 of 50 states have now legalized recreational cannabis. Of those 24, only five still prohibit home-grow. Washington is one of those five. That’s right, the first state to legalize cannabis is one of the few that still criminalizes growing your own. Continue reading at The Inlander. (Young Kwak)


Associated Press
Adult dancers in Washington want a strippers’ bill of rights. Here’s how it could help them (Saldaña, Walen)

Bill to cap rent hikes moves ahead in Washington Legislature (Alvarado)

Capital Press
Inslee’s gas price bill fails to clear committee
Economist: ‘Better’ wheat, cattle markets seen for 2024

Out of gas: Inslee’s oil transparency bill stalls in Legislature (Nguyen)
‘You don’t do anything but survive’: Cost of living, rents on rise, straining many Clark County residents

WA leaders ‘absolutely’ committed to saving local journalism

The Daily News
Longview looks to create sustainable business park on Columbia River
Debate continues over apartments, businesses on Woodland’s Belmont Loop

Everett Herald
Everett schools deficit shrunk by $23M following loss of 140 staff
0.3% sales tax for public safety has support of local Democrats, police (Lovick)
Marysville homeowners to pay an average $818 more in property taxes
Comment: Understanding America through its Black history
Editorial: Leave the interrogation ruses to the TV cop shows (Peterson)

The Inlander
Olympia considers allowing Washingtonians to cultivate cannabis (Ormsby)
Spokane County wildfire victims seek help from state, federal government as recovery continues
A post-pandemic drop in student attendance across Washington still has educators wondering how to get students back in class

Journal of the San Juan Islands
$47 million infrastructure investment helps pave the way for more than 3,000 new affordable housing units

News Tribune
‘Stealthing’ could soon be banned in WA under bill passed by House (Berry)
Hundreds rally in Olympia for immigrant healthcare, unemployment benefits (Saldaña)
Personnel turmoil prompts temporary closure of center serving Tacoma’s LGBTQ community

Puget Sound Business Journal
NTSB report sheds light on Alaska Airlines 737 Max blowout
Black business owners disproportionately crunched by credit
Amazon cutting hundreds of jobs across health organizations
Amazon’s leased office footprint shrinks for 1st time in over a decade

Seattle Medium
Washington State Invests $85M In Grants To Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Seattle Times
Why Seattle will fund fewer new affordable housing projects this year
Hundreds rally for expanding help for undocumented immigrants in WA (Saldana, Walen)
Editorial: Whipsaw of legal settlements shows need for leadership on effective policing
Opinion: Too many guns are unsecured at home, with tragic results

Skagit Valley Herald
State releases data on wildlife-related recreation

Spokesman Review
Economist predicts future of Cosmic Crisps and other Washington commodities
Plans to build Washington’s largest wind farm held up again amid local controversy

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
There goes the neighborhood
Letters to the editor | Feb. 8 edition (Climate Commitment Act)

Washington Post
New air pollution rule could prevent thousands of premature deaths
Alaska flight that blew door plug had bolts removed at Boeing facility

WA State Standard
WA House approves bill to expand dormitory-like housing (Gregerson)
Migrants rally at WA Capitol for health care, unemployment benefits (Jinkins, Saldaña)
State will make free COVID and flu tests available in new vending machines
Washington looks to put its most famous volcano on a specialty license plate
Washington Senate passes bill to ban hog-tying by police after death of Manuel Ellis (Trudeau, Lovick)
Washington Senate strikes ‘delicate’ balance on rules for clergy reporting child abuse (Frame)

Yakima Herald-Republic
Biomethane plant gets green light from Sunnyside, with objections from neighbors


House votes to ban octopus farming in Washington state, moving bill to Senate (Peterson)
WA Republicans push back against proposed bill that would allow 3% property tax increases

KNKX Public Radio
How a “strippers’ bill of rights” could help adult dancers in the Washington State (Walen)

KUOW Public Radio
Cheers to Lunar New Year Beer! (Thai)

Meeting to discuss PFAs in Spokane’s West Plains leaves more questions

NW Public Radio
$30,000 grant advances civil rights education in rural Washington


Cascadia Daily News
Interfaith Coalition sunsets housing programs

Washington State University earns $15M a year on stolen land
A WA bill would extend unemployment pay to workers on strike (Doglio)

Clergy become mandatory child abuse reporters in bill, with big exception

The Stranger
Conservative Senate Democrats Stiff Renters Yet Again (Cleveland, Gregerson, Trudeau, Mullet, Pedersen, Alvarado)

West Seattle Blog
School Funding 101: Here’s what would-be West Seattle advocates just learned