Washington State House Democrats


Friday, April 12

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More transparency needed for WA police asset seizures, audit says
A new state audit says that Washington police agencies could be more transparent about the process of seizing assets like cars, cash or guns in the course of criminal investigations and clearer about how people can get that property back. Between January 2020 and December 2022, more than 100 of Washington’s 250 police agencies got nearly $30 million in property from local and state forfeitures, according to the state auditor’s office. They received an additional $10 million through a partnership with the federal government. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Fiona Martin)

Washington extends emergency graduation waiver for class of 2024
Washington school districts will be able to keep waiving certain graduation requirements for high school students in the class of 2024. School officials asked the State Board of Education to continue allowing them to waive requirements for the state’s “graduation pathways” for the 2023-2024 school year, citing the lasting impact of COVID-19 on students. The board granted an extension to the emergency waiver on Thursday. Continue reading at The Washington State Standard. (Getty Images)

A Washington Department of Ecology test well in the Lazy Acres neighborhood in Tumwater. Statewide, more than 300 water sources contain some amount of PFAS.

Washington to adopt new U.S. PFAS limits, but may take two years
The Washington Department of Health plans to lower the limits on “forever chemicals” in drinking water after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced new lower limits on Wednesday. The new EPA maximum levels are mostly lower than the limits adopted in 2021 by the Washington State Board of Health. Those state limits will stay in place until the Board of Health adopts the new federal levels, which can take up to two years, according to a news release from the DOH. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Andy Engelson)


Voters to city: Fix the darn potholes
How climate change impacts Seattle’s allergy season

Capital Press
More Washington farmers face broken CREP contracts
Potato industry, senators urge opening of Japan fresh market

1st tribal casino planned for Tri-Cities. What new documents reveal about the project
‘Tranq’-laced fentanyl nearly doubles in Clark County and expert says it will only get worse
Report estimates Lower Snake River dams, reservoirs emit millions of tons of greenhouse gases

Everett Herald
WA high court: DUI breath tests valid, machine results not at fault
Judge orders mining company to stop work next to Everett school
Washington will move to tougher limits on ‘forever chemicals’ in water

Kitsap Sun
Sidewalks for Warren Avenue Bridge redesign likely smaller than planned, due to budget
PGST, Bellingham nonprofit partner to remove lost crab pots in Hood Canal, Port Gamble Bay

News Tribune
There have been calls to close Tacoma’s immigration lock-up for years. Why hasn’t it?
Manny Ellis’ sister questions Thurston Sheriff about decision to hire acquitted officer
Opinion: Enrollment at Tacoma schools is falling. Providing better before-school care is key

New York Times
E.P.A. Says ‘Forever Chemicals’ Must Be Removed From Tap Water
Biden Administration Raises Costs to Drill and Mine on Public Lands
$7.4 Billion More in Student Loans Are Canceled, Biden Administration Says

Puget Sound Business Journal
Here’s how much Amazon CEO Andy Jassy made in 2023
Boeing stock hits a low as it faces new quality-control allegations
Chief Seattle Club cuts ribbon for $40M housing project in Lake City

Seattle Times
More transparency needed for WA police asset seizures, audit says
Wrong-way crash near Lynnwood kills 1, injures 2 after police chase
Biden administration announces another round of loan cancellation under new repayment plan

Spokesman Review
New air quality sensors arrive in Spokane, part of state effort to combat pollution
How do you name them apples? WSU seeks public input on what to name its new variety
Title company offering free service to defy historic racist property restrictions in Spokane County

Washington Post
Biden administration cancels another $7.4 billion in student loans

WA State Standard
New Washington apple needs a name
State audit charts course to retool how WA police seize assets
Washington extends emergency graduation waiver for class of 2024


Public art at new light rail station brings mixed-race experience into focus
Seattle City Council considers changes to Seattle Police Department’s hiring process
Thurston County Sheriff holds forum after hiring former officer acquitted in Manuel Ellis’ death

‘Brown water’ at a Tacoma school outrages parents, students
Congress examines how to address rising childcare costs for families & providers

KNKX Public Radio
Pilot project in Port Angeles to use the power of the ocean for carbon removal

KUOW Public Radio
Not in my valley. Some San Juan Islanders say no to solar power
Sen. Murray pushes for outside investigation into Tacoma ICE facility
Should Washington state consider climate impacts when it approves timber sales?
Paraeducators strike in Port Angeles. But can strapped school districts afford to pay them more?

Families of Gorge Amphitheater shooting victims sue operator for wrongful death
Idaho library bill signed into law allowing parents to take action against “harmful material”
Spokane hospital workers voting on strike authorization amid contract negotiations with management


Cascadia Daily News
Most school districts failing to follow rules in reviewing sexual harassment policies

Former WA Gov. Dan Evans feted for energy, conservation work
Washington to adopt new U.S. PFAS limits, but may take two years

Staffing crisis forcing closures of Seattle Public Library locations through June