Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, April 2

Chef Joel is partnering with Ecology to celebrate the Use Food Well launch and share innovative recipes that reduce food waste and increase creativity in the kitchen.

Use Food Well: New Campaign Seeks to Reduce Food Waste in Washington
Each year, Washington generates one million tons of food waste, including half a million tons of edible food. That’s enough food to make 105 meals for every person in Washington. On April 1, the Washington Department of Ecology will launch the Use Food Well campaign in conjunction with the start of National Food Waste Prevention Week, April 1 to 7. Reducing food waste can increase food security, reduce climate impacts, and help Washington residents save money. Continue reading at The Skanner. (WA Department of Ecology)

In this April 26, 2017 photo, the Washington State Capitol, also known as the Legislative Building, is seen in Olympia, Wash.

Gov. Inslee signed more than 150 bills last week. Here’s some of what he signed into law
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed more than 150 bills last week at appearances throughout Western Washington. On Monday, the governor signed bills at the state Capitol in Olympia. On Tuesday, he signed a host of climate, environmental and labor bills in Kent, and on Friday, Inslee signed supplemental capital and operating budgets at the UW Center for Behavioral Health and Learning in Seattle. Here’s some of what the governor signed last week. Continue reading at The Olympian. (Elaine Thompson)

Unopened ballots await processing during the 2020 election.

As campaigning revs up, WA laws aim to detect cyber attacks and protect election workers
As the 2024 campaign season heats up, new laws are taking hold in Washington to protect election workers and boost security of ballot counting statewide…Washington lawmakers seek to bolster public confidence in the conduct of elections amid the continuing spread of misinformation and cyberthreats. Continue reading at WA State Standard. (Karen Ducey)


Associated Press
3M settlement over ‘forever chemicals’ OK’d
West Coast whale population recovers 5 years after hundreds wash ashore
States move to shore up voting rights protections after courts erode federal safeguards

Aberdeen Daily World
Judge dismisses Wills recall petition
Truckloads of trash hoisted from Quinault beaches

New Washington law will crack down on catalytic converter theft
Meet the Washington company at the center of the EV battery revolution

Bellingham Herald
Birchwood Food Desert Fighters ask community for help to promote local food access

Capital Press
Spokane County cattlemen deliver beef to veterans

Clark Public Utilities pilot program offers $50 credit to electric vehicle owners
EV owners agree to not charge during peak hours, helping utility manage power supply, its costs
Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s program lets deputies call mental health providers for help on calls

Everett Herald
WSU hosting spring trainings on marine conservation, sustainability
New Latino community center in south Everett gets $3.8M from state
Editorial: Small nuclear plants may be key to state’s energy mix

High Country News
Meet the women fighting to end detention and deportation in Washington

News Tribune
Puget Sound Energy is asking to raise gas and electricity rates. Here’s what we know
A dozen U.S. senators call on ICE, DHS to end misuse of solitary in immigration detention

Gov. Inslee signed more than 150 bills last week. Here’s some of what he signed into law

Seattle Times
WA timber sale blocked as judge orders climate change study
Chinatown International District activist Matt Chan dead at 71 (Nguyen)
Are potatoes vegetables? WA Sen. Cantwell and Gov. Inslee think so
Opinion: Roll on, Columbia: How to meet WA’s complex power, conservation needs

The Skanner
‘Use Food Well’: New Campaign Seeks to Reduce Food Waste in Washington

Spokesman Review
Department of Ecology forces Spokane International Airport into PFAS cleanup framework after agreement could not be reached

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
WWCC, professional staff union reach collective bargaining agreement
Public meetings roundup: Sheriff’s office requests funds for new reserve deputy
CTUIR smolt release part of broader effort to return salmon to Walla Walla Basin

Washington Post
HOAs are blocking solar panels and native lawns. Here’s how to fight back.

WA State Standard
‘Work of passion:’ How Catalina Velasquez’s life led her to immigrant rights advocacy
As campaigning revs up, WA laws aim to detect cyber attacks and protect election workers (Leavitt, Valdez)
Ferguson, other Democratic AGs ask SCOTUS to block red state bans on emergency abortions


Money running out for critical transportation program in Snohomish County
‘Most’ King County public health clinics could close in 2025 without funding fix
Renton community members to share concerns about street where woman, 3 children were killed

New $15 Peak Toll is costing SR 167 commuters more; state insists speeds are up
Delayed Boeing Max deliveries affecting airlines; United is asking pilots to take unpaid leave

MultiCare, nurses union reach agreement pending union vote
Spokane Valley retirement community advocates for more security amidst rising crime


Cascadia Daily News
State awards $500K for DNA testing to help clear backlog of unidentified remains

How property tax caps push some WA counties to the financial edge (Pedersen, Randall)

West Seattle Blog
Highland Park ex-substation now officially open for ‘affordable homeownership’ proposals. Here’s what that means
East Marginal Way Corridor Project update and transportation-levy process preview @ West Seattle Transportation Coalition’s meeting