Washington State House Democrats


Friday, March 29

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee stands in front of electric buses during an event at the Highline School District maintenance facility in Burien last summer.

WA Gov. Inslee signs slate of climate and environment bills into law
During the last bill-signing tour of his career at the helm of Washington, outgoing Gov. Jay Inslee signed a wide slate of climate and environmental bills into law Thursday afternoon. The bills include Senate Bill 6058, an attempt to help link Washington’s carbon market with that of California and Quebec. Combining markets would stabilize the cost of greenhouse gas allowances paid by major polluters, in turn lowering pass-through costs for gasoline, Inslee and others have repeatedly said. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ellen M. Banner)

The Hazardous Waste Management Program inspecting aluminum cookpots and pressure cookers for lead poisoning

Washington becomes first state to ban lead in cookware
Governor Jay Inslee signed the Lead in Cookware Act Thursday, banning lead from any products used to cook food, becoming the first state in the U.S. to do so. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-46), officially bans any manufacturing or sales of cookware or related components that contain more than five parts per million (ppm) of lead by 2026. It passed on a 47-0 vote (two excused) in the Senate before passing in the House on a 96-0 vote (one excused). Continue reading at My Northwest. (Hazardous Waste Management Program)

Washington Saves retirement act signed, set to launch in 2027
Washington is set to create a state-run automatic retirement savings system for workers who don’t already have access to an employer-based retirement system. Washington Saves will require businesses without retirement plans for employees to allow their workers an opportunity to contribute to an individual retirement account (IRA) via an automatic payroll deduction through the Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace. Employers will be required to enroll employees who have had continuous employment of one year or more in the program at default contribution rates. Continue reading at Crosscut.


Auburn Reporter
New state law gives green light to more traffic cameras (Donaghy)

Bellingham Herald
‘I’m so grateful’: Leaders, planners, future tenants unite to celebrate new Bellingham senior housing

Capital Press
Inslee signs wolf bill, tips cap to Kretz
Inslee vetoes study to keep elk off farms, urges alternative (Van De Wege)

Everett Herald
Mill Creek Starbucks votes 21-1 to form union
County: Everett mining yard violated order to halt work next to school

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Eligible Washington state taxpayers can now use free IRS Direct File

News Tribune
Why is litter along Puyallup highways ‘much worse’ this year? Mayor asks state for help
Could Baltimore bridge disaster happen to Tacoma Narrows spans? Here’s what we know

Best- and worst-run cities in Washington

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon reportedly moving to cut empty office costs by $1.3B
Seattle council weighs changes to delivery-app driver pay law
Seattle Housing Authority acquires former Post-Intelligencer building

Seattle Times
Burien sues King County, Sheriff claiming breach of contract
WA Gov. Inslee signs slate of climate and environment bills into law
Eastside developers track the light rail rollout with measured optimism
Editorial: WA must continue its role as lead defender of abortion rights

Tri-City Herald
‘Built with parts from eBay.’ Tri-Cities leaders rush to replace failing 911 system
PNNL scientists are working to advance the future of offshore floating wind farms
Seattle company proposes new solar farm near Tri-Cities. It could be the county’s 6th
What’s known about the evacuation and need for a bomb squad at Hanford last month?
Opinion: New WA legislative districts could dilute Tri-Cities clout in Olympia

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
U.S. Attorney Vanessa Waldref addresses crime, fentanyl on tribal lands

Washington Post
Biden aims to smooth the bumpy road to electric trucks
Covid changed how we spend: More YOLO splurging but less saving
U.S. updates how it classifies people by race, ethnicity for first time in decades

WA State Standard
Controversial clean energy law takes effect in Washington
WA governor urged to veto $25M for nuclear power project (Mullet, Tharinger)
Inslee signs final transportation budget, warns of tough sledding

Wenatchee World
Budget update: Wenatchee School District considers cutting 63 positions
Amazon to open 45,000 square-foot ‘last mile’ distribution center in NCW

Yakima Herald-Republic
Students walk out of Yakima high schools to protest staff cuts
Fewer farms, but Yakima County still No. 2 in state for farm products sold
Experts keep close eye on Yakima Valley economy as 2024 begins with layoffs


Instacart settles with Seattle over alleged sick leave policy violations
White House rolls out new steps to try to protect people who buy short-term health plans

Carnation leaders say ‘drain the dam,’ threaten to sue Seattle after latest false alarm
Seattle City Council may revise delivery pay law following restaurant, gig worker pushback

KNKX Public Radio
Olympia oyster comeback impact goes beyond the menu and the shooter glass

KUOW Public Radio
After receiving racist hate mail, UW students call for action
Meaty razor clams bring profits, protein to Quinault Nation in Washington state
Washington’s largest newspaper publisher sold to out-of-state investors following financial hardship
Muslims observing Ramadan at Tacoma ICE center aren’t receiving timely meals, immigration advocates say

Metal fences removed from Browne Street viaduct
Affordable housing initiative announced in Spokane Valley
Former CVSD teacher pleads guilty to sexual misconduct charges, required to register as a sex offender

NW Public Radio
WA leaders highlight progress on homelessness, worry about encampment cleanup funding


Cascadia Daily News
Mount Baker schools to cut $3M in spending 
Bellingham drivers facing pain at the pump — average gas prices continue to rise

Washington Saves retirement act signed, set to launch in 2027
U.S. Appeals Court won’t block WA’s new legislative district map
WA Department of Health updates COVID-19, flu quarantine guidance

Ways to deal with Seattle grocery store sticker shock
Washington becomes first state to ban lead in cookware (Pollet)
Carnation frustrated with Seattle again after 8th false emergency alarm induces widespread panic

West Seattle Blog
West Seattle’s second off-leash area location is finalized
Sound Transit Board gives staff go-ahead to pursue first ‘early property acquisitions’ for West Seattle light rail