Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, April 9

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs House Bill 1240, which prohibits the manufacture, importation, distribution and sale of AR-15s and similar semi-automatic weapons, on April 25, 2023, at the state Capitol in Olympia.

WA gun sales spike, then plummet as new laws take effect
Gun sales in Washington have fallen dramatically this year, according to federal background check data, as a suite of new state gun regulations took effect. The decline follows a nearly unprecedented spike in Washington gun sales at this time last year, as gun buyers rushed to make purchases while state lawmakers debated and ultimately passed a ban on AR-15s and similar semi-automatic weapons that took effect immediately. Washington was the 10th state to ban the high-powered semi-automatic rifles. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Lindsey Wasson)

Kent Police recovered nearly 800 catalytic converters in a 2021 bust.

New state legislation fights catalytic converter theft
Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill on March 26 adding new regulations to the purchase and sale of catalytic converters — and the metals used within the manufacturing of catalytic converters — in a legislative effort to reduce thefts of the vehicle component. House Bill 2153 requires all purchasers of catalytic converters to be licensed and subject to regulation and inspection, requires the permanent marking of catalytic converters for the identification of the originating vehicle, and the creation of an enforcement structure and penalties for the regulations. Continue reading at The Auburn Reporter. (File photo)

Legislation ensures services for young children with disabilities
Advocates and providers gathered in Olympia on March 26 as Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1916, a bill primarily sponsored by Rep. Tana Senn (D) from the 41st Legislative District, comprising Mercer Island and portions of Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish and Renton. The bill’s enactment will change current state law to recover funding for the Washington Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program, which helps children ages 3 and under with disabilities receive special education services through local providers. Continue reading at The Bellevue Reporter. (Kindering)


Associated Press
Latino voters are coveted by both major parties. They also are a target for election misinformation

Aberdeen Daily World
Forestry leaders talk 50 years of forest practices

Auburn Reporter
New state legislation fights catalytic converter theft

Seattle is among the best cities for clean transit
Books most targeted for bans in 2023 centered on race, LGBTQ themes

Bellevue Reporter
Legislation ensures services for young children with disabilities (Senn)

Bellingham Herald
Bellingham receives notice its wastewater plant violated air quality standards this month

Capital Press
Federal protection sought for wolves in lawsuit

49th District lawmakers hold contentious town hall (Stonier, Wylie )
Camas officials debate changing rules on discharge of fireworks
Port of Woodland to diversify as it sets itself on path to operate first marine terminal

Everett Herald
Snohomish County’s biggest fire district has a new chief
At Whitehorse Mountain Time, locals learn Lushootseed on ancestral land
Editorial: Adopt federal rules on data privacy and rights

Indian Country Today
Quinault Indian Nation wellness courts replace punishment with empowerment

Kitsap Sun
Kitsap County home listings asked for more money in March – see the current median price here

News Tribune
Western State Hospital’s chapel was ‘most beautiful building,’ so why was it destroyed?
‘Gone for good.’ U.S. workers flee farms, leaving WA growers struggling under old rules

Judge rules WA ban on high-capacity magazines unconstitutional, but law stays in place for now

Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing jets still under scrutiny as regulators launch probe into Southwest Airlines incident
Everett port seeks contractor for Waterfront Place’s next phase as major shipbuilder moves in

Seattle Times
WA gun sales spike, then plummet as new laws take effect (Berry)
WA’s ban on high-capacity gun magazines ruled unconstitutional
Puget Sound Energy facility has violated air permit over a dozen times
Most WA voters think building more housing won’t cool prices, poll shows
Amid Seattle growth debate, map shows walkable neighborhoods in King County
Editorial: Keep lights on as Washington transitions to clean power
Editorial: Zero traffic deaths by 2030? Put more emphasis on law enforcement
Editorial: Potatoes are not grains. Keep them rooted in the vegetable family
Opinion: Higher ed has role to play in climate change solutions

Spokesman Review
Spokane County to get millions of dollars from feds for bus upkeep
Getting There: Spokane County will renovate ever-popular Liberty Lake Regional Park this summer

Washington Post
EPA mulls tougher limits on new gas plants as 2024 election nears
Biden makes another pitch for student loan relief, but challenges loom
They were desperate to get pregnant. Then IVF gave them extra embryos.
Tax Day 2024: What to know about deadlines, extensions, refunds and more

WA State Standard
Washington’s Housing Trust Fund explained

Wenatchee World
Microsoft gets OK for 4th building near Pangborn Memorial Airport


Grant secured, emergency declared for collapsed road repairs in Tulalip
Washington’s high-capacity magazine ban ruled unconstitutional by Cowlitz County judge
Boeing’s CEO turned down $3 million bonus after 737 Max panel blowout, and still made this much in 2023

Is Big Brother tracking your driving?

City Council to get update on Seattle police use of force assessment Tuesday
WA lawmakers draft bill aimed to empower Americans with online privacy rights

KUOW Public Radio
Can $500 a month make a dent in Seattle-area poverty?

Spokane landlords may soon be required to give six months notice when increasing rent

NW Public Radio
New tool tracks contaminated groundwater at Hanford, other DOE sites


Cascadia Daily News
Two Bellingham tiny home villages will relocate by end of 2024 
Construction of Western’s House of Healing longhouse to begin this summer

Spokane Mayor Lisa Brown’s first 100 days: How is she doing?

Swinomish Casino & Lodge closed until further notice