Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, March 27

 Advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities rallied on the state capitol steps on Jan. 17. The group is asking for rate increases for support staff and more funding for affordable housing.

State spending to rise tenfold on housing for people with developmental disabilities
Housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is about to see another boost in state funding. Lawmakers this year set aside $19 million for it in the Housing Trust Fund. That brings this two-year budget cycle’s total to almost $44 million, a tenfold increase from most other budgets. Continue reading at Washington State Standard. (Laurel Demkovich)

 A customer checks out a hand gun that is for sale and on display at SP firearms on June 23, 2022, in Hempstead, New York. New York can continue to enforce laws banning firearms in sensitive locations, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, Dec. 8, 2023 in its first broad review of a host of new gun rules passed in the state after a landmark Supreme Court ruling last year.

Gun owners have 24 hours to report theft or face up to $1K fine, new law says
Washington Governor Jay Inslee officially signed a bill into law Tuesday that will require gun owners to notify the police of a stolen firearm within 24 hours of when they discover the theft or loss. As part of HB 1903, gun owners who fail to report stolen firearms within a 24 hour period would face up to a $1,000 civil infraction fine. It would also require law enforcement agencies to register stolen firearm reports with the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, which is used by police to pursue suspects and locate stolen items. Continue reading at KOMO News. (Brittainy Newman)

Inslee signs numerous bills, including new gun laws
Two omnibus bills to improve the response to survivors of sexual assault and child trafficking in Washington state’s legal system were signed into law. SB 5937 streamlines eligibility for crime victim benefits, covers some of victims’ costs for forensic examinations, expands protections to more victims, improves state and local teams to respond to sexual assault, and ensures that children ages 13 and up can consent to forensic sexual examinations and examinations for sexually transmitted infections, among other changes. Continue reading at Tacoma Weekly.


Washington sees human smuggling spike, feds say

Bellingham Herald
Whatcom County to approach fentanyl crisis like a natural disaster response
Washington leaders brace for U.S. Supreme Court ruling on access to abortion drug (Randall)

Capital Press
Northwest honey production, prices drop in 2023
Utility: Washington’s cap-and-trade unfair to other states

Vancouver officials rethink Section 30 plan, pushing for more multifamily housing
Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad ordered to comply with water pollution laws
Southwest Washington cities OK interlocal agreement to form opioid abatement council
What to know about PFAS or ‘forever chemicals’ in some Vancouver, Clark Public Utilities’ water sources

The Daily News
Fentanyl deaths double in Cowlitz County
Cowlitz County aims to end court backlog after new study reviewed efficiency
Cowlitz County OKs housing funds after state increases document recording fees

High Country News
Fixing culverts can save migratory fish

Kent Reporter
Bill providing support for victims of hate crimes signed into law (Valdez)

Callers bombard Lacey Equity Commission with hate speech during Monday meeting

Peninsula Daily News
YMCA to build childcare facility

Seattle Medium
Seattle Judge Reassigned To Parking And Traffic Tickets – Blocked By Prosecutors
Making A Difference Foundation Received Grant To Support BIPOC Farmers’ HUB And Technical Assistance Program
Crisis And Change: Tukwila School District Attempts To Tackle Challenges Of Declining Enrollment, Racial Tensions, And Leadership Instability

Seattle Times
WA passes bill to protect libraries, as other states target them
What the Supreme Court abortion pill case could mean for WA
Inslee signs new gun laws, including ban at transit facilities, libraries
Opinion: State’s libraries, freedom to read are preserved

Skagit Valley Herald
Guemes Ferry transitioning to electronic tickets

South Whidbey Record
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, Island Transit highlight challenges of rural transportation

Vancouver Business Journal
Workforce to Host Workshop on Employee Recruitment and Retention

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla Clinic’s walk-in facility closes

Washington Post
Mnuchin tried to force a sale of TikTok. Now he’s a possible bidder.
GOP lawmakers are fueling a conspiracy theory without mentioning ‘chemtrails’

WA State Standard
State spending to rise tenfold on housing for people with developmental disabilities (Chopp, Taylor)
New Washington law will allow traffic cameras on more city streets and county roads (Donaghy)

Yakima Herald-Republic
Return to Quincy: Waste-derived products in agriculture impact Yakima County too


Gov. Inslee takes stance on return of grizzlies to North Cascades
Ballard business owners fed up after string of burglaries this year
Seattle City Council approves $50K for repairs after Wing Luke Museum hit by vandal

King County leaders to hear final updates on plan to end youth detention
Gun owners have 24 hours to report theft or face up to $1k fine, new law says
More than 210 bridges in Washington are in ‘poor condition’ WSDOT data shows
Seattle health experts address surge in eating disorders impacting young athletes

NW Public Radio
Washington bans sale of cosmetics newly tested on animals


Cascadia Daily News
Whatcom County passes resolution aimed at combating fentanyl
Skagit County searches for common ground in contentious agritourism debate
Whatcom Center for Early Learning nets $2M grant from MacKenzie Scott foundation

U.S. Appeals Court won’t block WA’s new legislative district map

Shoreline Area News
Stanford bill to crack down on predatory loans signed into law (Stanford)

Tacoma Weekly 
Inslee signs numerous bills, including new gun laws (Dhingra, Orwall, Trudeau, Valdez, Hunt, Stanford, Saldana)