Washington State House Democrats


Monday, April 8

An electric school bus is pictured on March 28, 2024

Washington school districts are poised to start swapping out their diesel buses for electric under new law
Bid farewell to the familiar rumble of a school bus engine and the subtle aroma of diesel in the air and say hello to a fleet of clean and quiet zero-emission buses. Making progress on his goal to significantly reduce carbon emissions across Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill in late March that will update grants and require school districts to begin the transition from diesel to electric buses. Continue reading at The Spokesman Review. (Office of the Governor)

Wage theft victims are owed $5.4 million that WA hasn’t collected
More than 1,800 Washington workers across all industries are also waiting for wages. Since 2018, L&I has failed to collect $5.4 million from employers that the agency itself says is owed to workers, a Seattle Times analysis of the agency’s collections data found. State representatives are paying attention. In March, lawmakers unanimously directed L&I to explore how the agency can more effectively recover wages for workers. Continue reading at Seattle Times. (Jennifer Luxton)

11-year-old Gus Griffin (second-to-left) and classmates dig up weeds in one of Port Townsend’s three gardens. March 28, 2024.

Farm-to-school programs flourish in Washington
Washington’s [farm-to-school program] was established in 2008, and since then, farm-to-school has exploded in popularity. Last fall, the Washington State Department of Agriculture received over $8 million in farm-to-school funding requests from schools, more than twice the amount of funds available. The state expanded the program in 2021 using federal COVID-19 funds. Based on how the budget is written, the agriculture department expects that as federal funds run out, legislators will backfill the money with state dollars. Continue reading at WA State Standard. (Grace Deng)


Associated Press
Key lawmakers float new rules for personal data protection; bill would make privacy a consumer right

Aberdeen Daily World
Environmental groups sue state to halt Westport golf proposal

Key lawmakers unveil landmark data privacy bill
Why Seattle’s young families can’t find big houses

Capital Press
Contest opens to name Washington State University’s new apple

After a long slog, climate change lawsuits will finally put Big Oil on trial
Here’s how Washington’s legislative districts will change for this year’s elections
Cascade critter crossings: How Washington’s I-90 became safer for wildlife, drivers
Southwest Washington faces its first wildfire season without Larch crews on hand to battle blazes
Native American Youth and Family Center’s Mercedes White Calf channels experience with homelessness, addiction into hope

The Daily News
In diaper pinch, county rolls out network of supply

Everett Herald
Sound Transit to keep some Snohomish County bus routes
Last man to see a grizzly in Cascades says return ‘would be wonderful’
Snohomish County schools await standards for drug, alcohol education
County leaders debate testing shelters for meth, fentanyl contamination
As Link nears in Lynnwood, Community Transit looks to drop commuter fare
Comment: North Cascades need balance grizzlies will bring

News Tribune
Public can ‘air their grievances’ about controversial Sheriff’s Office hire Thursday
Tacoma’s newest park is a waterfront stunner, named for a leader, made for children
Opinion: A new fund is giving $40K a year to Black Tacomans. The latest winners just got the cash

Amid budget crisis, Olympia elementary music teacher raises funds for instruments and more
Food bank asks Olympia to create more community gardens as city considers urban farm park

Puget Sound Business Journal
Community Transit CEO prepares to shift gears as light rail approaches
Amazon delivers hefty carbon savings on route to 2040 climate goals
Editor’s notebook: Climate friendly living is the norm in Seattle
Weakness in CRE market could create heavier property tax burden for homeowners

Seattle Times
As SPS faces a massive budget deficit, here’s what to expect
Police chase in Thurston County leads to wrong way crash on I-5
Wage theft victims are owed $5.4 million that WA hasn’t collected
Tentative agreement with Seattle police union makes only minor accountability changes

Skagit Valley Herald
Fishing and hunting licenses are now on sale

Spokesman Review
Amid explosive demand, America is running out of power
Wheat Country forecast: Specter of wind turbines divides the Palouse
Cantwell, McMorris Rodgers strike bipartisan deal on landmark data privacy bill
Local nonprofit plans teacher workshops to hear needs for helping students with dyslexia
Washington school districts are poised to start swapping out their diesel buses for electric under new law (Senn)

Washington Post
Biden’s proposed student debt relief plan could help more than 30 million

WA State Standard
Farm-to-school programs flourish in Washington
Judge tosses counties’ lawsuit pressing for more state funding for public defenders

Wenatchee World
Wenatchee hearing examiner approves Grace City Church’s private school
In search of a supermajority: Eastmont School District takes construction bond back to the ballot

Yakima Herald-Republic
Judge tosses counties’ lawsuit pressing for more state funding for public defenders


‘Not a safe place to be as a pedestrian’: 2 people killed on I-5 within 24 hours

Whatcom County reports first ‘tranq’ death
Deaths on Washington roads continue to rise
New smart traffic signs in King County will do more than just monitor speed
Shoreline gas station owner angry after burglary suspect drives away while cops on the scene

Wrong way police pursuit on I-5 ends in crash, injures 2
2 killed in crash with WSP trooper en route to an emergency identified
Port of Seattle expects record outcomes for local economy as cruise season begins

KNKX Public Radio
He’s leaving the legislature, but Frank Chopp says he’s ‘not the retiring type’ (Chopp)

KUOW Public Radio
More Seattleites have ADHD than ever, but finding meds and docs is a challenge

Senator Cantwell and Representative McMorris Rodgers team up to introduce data privacy legislation


King County wants its own corrections officer training program