Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, April 11

Washington gun store sold hundreds of high-capacity ammunition magazines in 90 minutes without ban
A Washington state gun store owner said he sold hundreds of high-capacity ammunition magazines in the short span of time Monday between a judge ruling a ban on the sales unconstitutional and the state filing an emergency appeal to the Washington Supreme Court. Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

 Utility campsite at Conconully State Park

Washington considers fee hikes for campers and boaters at its state parks
Camping and mooring boats on state lands may get more expensive next year. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is considering upping the fees for campsites and mooring. The cost of Discover Passes, which are set in state law, will not change. The proposed increases will help the agency catch up with inflation over the last few years. Prices for camping were last updated in 2020 and for mooring in 2015. Under the new fee proposal, camping prices will jump no more than $6, though the exact price depends on the type of site and time of year. Continue reading at The WA State Standard. (WA State Parks)

Dorota Mani sits at her desk in her Jersey City, N.J., office in November 2023. Mani’s teenage daughter was victimized by an AI-generated deepfake image last year. Peter K. Afriyie

States race to restrict deepfake porn as it becomes easier to create
Deepfakes — digitally altered photos and videos that can make someone appear to be, or be doing, just about anything — have proliferated on the internet…States, such as Florida, South Dakota and Washington, have enacted laws that update the definition of child pornography to include deepfakes. Washington’s law, which was signed by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in March, makes it illegal to be in possession of a “fabricated depiction of an identifiable minor” engaging in a sexually explicit act — a crime punishable by up to a year in jail. Continue reading at Stateline. (Associated Press)


Associated Press
Washington gun store sold hundreds of high-capacity ammunition magazines in 90 minutes without ban

Aberdeen Daily World
Nonprofit brings tracked mobility chairs to Westport

Bellingham Herald
Bike lanes, safer crossings planned for downtown Bellingham’s busiest street
Whatcom County executive issues order addressing the worsening fentanyl crisis
Port of Bellingham hit with restraining order after developer Harcourt files countersuit

PeaceHealth nurses announce plan to picket outside hospital April 18
Washougal budget cuts threaten dual language program in elementary schools

Everett Herald
Edmonds mayor makes first pitch of plan to fill $20.5M budget deficit
Congress summons Boeing CEO to testify after Everett whistleblower’s claims
Comment: Loss of dignity keeps some from housing solutions
Comment: Americans need tutoring on financial literacy
Editorial: ‘History, tradition’ poor test for gun safety laws

The Inlander
By providing free fare, Spokane Transit can increase ridership and revenue, and convince more people to leave the car at home
An anti-government group from Arizona arrives in Spokane looking to ‘rescue’ trafficking victims and bring vigilante justice to purported perpetrators

Kitsap Sun
Report on Kitsap County’s litter shows progress but lacks funding

News Tribune
‘Troubling trend’ of crashes dogs Army aviation. Here’s what military is doing about it
Exec Bruce Dammeier delivers his last state of the county address. Here’s what he said

Olympia city council adopts renter protections with amendments after landlord push back

Peninsula Daily News
Funding farm-to-school programs

Puget Sound Business Journal
An under-the-radar crisis for small businesses is getting worse
VC funding in Seattle area picks up, but climate remains ‘defensive’
The SBA is overhauling a major loan program. Bankers are optimistic.

Seattle Times
WA considers hiking fees for campers, boaters at state parks
Surge in electricity demand spells trouble for PNW, forecasts show
Chehalis man accused of sabotaging two electrical substations in Oregon
These two Oregon and Washington cities named among best places to live in U.S.
Editorial: NCAA women’s stars elevate the sport to its rightful place

Skagit Valley Herald
La Conner Town Council passes 0.1% sales tax for transportation projects

Spokesman Review
Stretch of Centennial Trail east of Spokane to close this summer for resurfacing
A new mayor, an old promise to improve Spokane’s permitting process: Will Brown be the one to do it?
Public water systems across the country to test and remove PFAS under EPA regulations announced Wednesday

Tri-City Herald
What WSP says caused a truckload of crushed cars to flip on Highway 395 in Tri-Cities
WA has one of the highest workplace injury rates in the U.S. But is that really a problem?

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla Police Department hires Emily Redman as new victim advocate
Downtown Chevron owner’s plan to replace gas tanks open for public comment

Washington Post
Privacy talks are heating up in Congress. Here’s what to watch for.
‘I wish I would have known’: Stories of taking abortion pills at home in states with bans

WA State Standard
Washington considers fee hikes for campers and boaters at its state parks
Washington will move to tougher federal limits on ‘forever chemicals’ in tap water

Wenatchee World
WSD gives 2 Columbia Elementary options: close in 2024 or 2025
Water Safety: Experts talk river precautions at Wenatchee World forum


Tacoma’s ICE processing center under fire after series of 911 calls made by workers
Police searching for suspect accused of intentionally driving over unoccupied tents in Seattle
Five months before UW football player was arrested for rape, Title IX was investigating the case
Seattle-based nonprofit aimed at helping those experiencing homelessness closing after 10 years

Jesse Jones: Homeless homeowner gets his house back
A look behind King County’s largest addiction treatment center
WSDOT Study: Washington Drivers aren’t aware of work zones
Democrats push more drug makers to lower the price of inhalers

Thurston County sheriff to host public forum addressing concerns over hiring decisions

KUOW Public Radio
At 16, my grandma had an abortion. At 17, I’m telling her story
Migratory birds could cause avian influenza in Northwest dairy cattle
Seattle police lieutenant condemns Chief Diaz, says he enables department ‘serial harasser’
King County prosecutors ‘rush filed’ charges against UW football player accused of two rapes

Local lawmakers, parents urging for more protection online

NW Public Radio
New WA law about DEI in education divides Prosser residents


Cascadia Daily News
Whatcom County announces plan to fight fentanyl on multiple fronts

A Pacific Northwest butterfly project is restoring habitats, hope

Gun shop owner sold ‘hundreds’ of these after ban was briefly lifted
It’s not the whole enchilada, but light rail to roll on Eastside this month

States race to restrict deepfake porn as it becomes easier to create (Orwall)