Washington State House Democrats


Monday, April 15

Rifle magazines and accessories for sale at a gun store in Miami Beach, Fla.

WA has passed lots of new gun laws. Could they be in legal trouble?
When a Cowlitz County judge ruled last week that Washington’s ban on high- capacity magazines is unconstitutional, he added one line, on Page 43 of his 55-page opinion, that could just be a little-noticed throwaway, or could prove shockingly prescient. There are, Judge Gary Bashor wrote, “few, if any, historical analogue laws by which a state can justify a modern firearms regulation.” Washington has passed a suite of new gun laws in the last decade. If each new law needs a “historical analogue” from 1791-era America, could many more gun laws be at risk? Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Eva Marie Uzcategui)

Charles Longshore, author of the Judicial Discretion Act, testifies at a committee hearing while incarcerated at Washington Corrections Center.

Lobbying the Legislature from behind bars
Charles Longshore is the author of a bill Washington lawmakers considered this year that would have allowed judges to review and shorten long prison sentences. He’s also behind bars, serving a nearly 36-year sentence at a state prison north of Olympia for killing two people in 2012. Longshore’s done a lot to change his life while incarcerated, including getting involved in legislative work. Continue reading at The WA State Standard. (Charles Longshore)

Ivan Howtopat carrying his nephew. His family has filed a claim against Klickitat County for his 2023 death in the county jail.

‘Failures at almost every level.’ Klickitat County Jail closure debate illuminates challenges facing rural corrections facilities
In May 2023 in South-Central Washington, a 24-year-old man named Ivan Howtopat died by suicide while going through fentanyl withdrawal in Klickitat County Jail. His mother, Melissa Howtopat, said when Ivan Howtopat was arrested for violating his probation, multiple relatives told deputies he suffered from addiction and needed to be closely monitored. He was dead five days later. Continue reading at KUOW. (Melissa Howtopat)


Associated Press
How to tackle crime in Indian Country? Empower tribal justice, ex-Justice Department official says

Bellingham Herald
Northside Bellingham park expands, offering more recreation and a community center

Whitebark pines are in trouble. That means our water supply is, too
New Boeing whistleblower alleges serious structural flaws on 787 and 777 jets

Everett Herald
Neighbors of Maltby recycling facility assert polluted runoff, noise
‘A slopportunity’: Darrington school calls in pigs to reduce food waste
Comment: Are we getting our money’s worth from our taxes?
Comment: Fighting the threat of ‘forever chemicals’
Opinion: Benefits outweigh risks of grizzlies in North Cascades

Kitsap Sun
Poulsbo Farmers Market could expand as city plans sale or lease of public works site

News Tribune
One U.S. state has (by far) the most generous overtime pay laws
Is a high school sports transfer portal coming to Washington? Talks underway, fears grow (Wellman)
City of Tacoma criticized for taking sides in Supreme Court case over public camping laws

Development projects in Lacey to create hundreds more apartments

Puget Sound Business Journal
Former Seattle Housing Authority leader named regional HUD administrator
The National Observer: Suburbs revolting against growth in development hot spots
Surveys of landlords, occupiers suggest increased confidence in office-space decisions

Seattle Times
New WA gun laws could be in legal trouble because of a few words
Eastside carbon emissions still below pre-pandemic levels, studies find
SPS lost nearly 4,000 students in less than five years. What’s behind the decline?

Spokesman Review
New Washington law authorizes tax breaks for affordable housing built on state land
Getting There: Finally fully funded, North Spokane Corridor on track for completion in 2030

Vancouver Business Journal
PeaceHealth receives $1 Million in Federal Funds for Emergency Department Expansion

Washington Post
They quit liberal public schools. Now they teach kids to be anti-‘woke.’

WA State Standard
Lobbying the Legislature from behind bars (Simmons, Peterson, Hansen)
Environmental groups sue to stop proposed golf course on state park land in Westport

Wenatchee World
Wenatchee awards #1.6 million contract for McKittrick Street improvements, construction expected in May


New Seattle resource allows sexual assault survivors to record what happened
Warning for Washingtonians: Student loan forgiveness scammers aim to steal money, personal information

Budget issues forcing rolling closures at Seattle Public Libraries

Seattle Public Library temporarily closing select branches through June 4
WSDOT urges drivers to use caution after 8 work zone crashes in one week
Sea-Tac airport on alert for potential security delays, threats amid Israel=Iran conflict

KNKX Public Radio
Money, politics, debate over crime victims: Prison reforms stalls in Olympia
(Frame, Simmons)

KUOW Public Radio
Puyallup Tribe to have 17 acres of waterfront land added to reservation
New Seattle apartment opens with promise to ‘end Native homelessness in King County’
‘Failures at almost every level.’ Klickitat County Jail closure debate illuminates challenges facing rural corrections facilities

Hundreds of workers at Sacred Heart to go on strike

NW Public Radio
Project Open Door will keep doors open

Port Angeles paraeducators reach tentative agreement with school district


Cascadia Daily News
Environmentalists sample water as ABC Recycling loads metal in one of final trips
Vast property on Samish Crest is headache for developers, but haven for local hikers

FAFSA rollout delays highlight WA barriers to higher education

From mill town to top-ranked living destination: Washington city stands out

West Seattle Blog
POWER OUTAGE: 11,000+ lose electricity from southeast West Seattle south into South Park, White Center, Burien