Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, April 17

Democrats in the Washington state legislature unveiled a COVID-19 relief package late Friday afternoon that would put nearly $2.2 billion toward COVID-19 response and relief for renters, small businesses, school districts, child care providers, and others feeling the weight of the pandemic and economic restrictions meant to curb it.

WA Legislative Black Caucus members chime in on controversial hire by Thurston Sheriff
Members of Washington State’s Legislative Black Caucus issued a statement Tuesday regarding a recent controversial hire at the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. On April 1, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office announced that a former Tacoma police officer acquitted in the Manny Ellis murder trial had been hired as a Lateral Patrol Deputy. Christopher Burbank was one of three officers acquitted in December in Ellis’ 2020 death while he was in police custody. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (The Olympian)

Elementary Pupils Collecting Healthy Lunch In Cafeteria Smiling To Camera

Advocates Claim Universal Free Meals Are A Critical Tool To Help Combat Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity is on the rise, but providing free meals universally may help decrease the trend. In February 2023, Democratic State Representative Marcus Riccelli of Spokane introduced House Bill 1238, which would provide meals to all requesting students without charge. Starting the 2023-2024 school year, out of 1.1 million students in Washington, around 700,000 now qualify for free meals through different programs. Continue reading at The Seattle Medium.

Education levels among Washington workforce falling short of labor market demand
Washington employers will need more educated workers over the next several years than the state is projected to have. That’s according to a new report from the Washington State Student Achievement Council, which estimates that 70% of jobs in 2023 and 72% in 2031 will require college degrees or other post-secondary credentials. Continue reading at Washington State Standard. (Getty Images)


Aberdeen Daily World
Trapping for harmful green crab continues in Grays Harbor, elsewhere

Who the U.S. economic safety net leaves behind
Seattle homicides decline, mirroring national trend

Bellevue Reporter
Schools navigate the new world of explicit AI-generated images (Orwall)

Bellingham Herald
The Lummi Nation received $9.8 million to restore the watershed. Here’s how they plan to do it.

Capital Press
Washington declares drought, expects dry summer

Lummi Nation gets $9.8M to restore South Fork Nooksack watershed
Washington law allows tax breaks for affordable housing built on state land
As fentanyl use increases, Clark County Jail grapples with opioid withdrawals

Everett Herald
Boeing fired lobbying firm that helped it navigate 737 Max crashes
To combat fentanyl, Snohomish County trickles out cash to recovery groups
Comment: Why cannabis is bringing less green to state coffers
Letter: Apply ‘Kayden’s Law’ in Washington’s family courts

News Tribune
WA Legislative Black Caucus members chime in on controversial hire by Thurston Sheriff
Opinion: People incarcerated in WA prisons have political power now. Here’s how we’re using it

‘Risk of undue hardship:’ Washington issues statewide drought declaration

Peninsula Daily News
Police reform efforts stalled (Chapman)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tax bills for metro Seattle homeowners are surging
How downtown Seattle’s recovery compares with other US cities

Seattle Medium
Advocates Claim Universal Free Meals Are A Critical Tool To Help Combat Childhood Obesity (Riccelli)
Washington Student Achievement Council Receives $1 Million Grant To Support Transitions into the Workforce

Seattle Times
Seattle’s University District may at last get public restrooms
A sliver of hope in a record-setting year of deaths of homeless people
Seattle studied dozens of sites for housing growth. These 24 got picked

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Senator proposes million-dollar fee for false alarms at Tolt Dam

South Whidbey Record
Federal grants fund behavioral health programs in Oak Harbor elementary schools

Spokesman Review
Spokane joins PFAS lawsuit against chemical manufacturers
Warm weather and low snowpack leads to Washington drought emergency
Getting There: Finally fully funded, North Spokane Corridor on track for completion in 2030

Tri-City Herald
WA, feds to release Hanford radioactive waste plan after 4 years of closed-door talks
Why is a special prosecutor looking into the ex-Richland police chief and Benton sheriff?

WA State Standard
Court ruling clears way for carbon storage projects on state logging lands
Education levels among Washington workforce falling short of labor market demand


Dept. of Ecology declares drought emergency for most of Washington state
Tacoma police to implement gunshot detection technology as part of pilot program
‘A huge win’: Washington becomes first state to regulate lead content in metal cookware
Antisemitic incidents continue to rise in the Pacific Northwest, Anti-Defamation League reports
‘Pattern of negligence’: Carnation residents sound the alarm about Tolt River Dam emergency system

FAA issues ground stop advisory for Alaska, Horizon airlines
Advocates call on Congress to end solitary confinement in prisons
Security guard kidnapped during Tumwater armed cannabis heist
Antisemitic incidents skyrocketing in Western Washington and across U.S.

KUOW Public Radio
Seattle has a long road ahead to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2030
Persistent shortage of growth hormone frustrates parents and clinicians

City of Spokane joins lawsuit against 3M, DuPont, others over PFAs contamination
Hospital management prepares for strike, could offer more pay to replacement workers

New safety measures at Chief Sealth HS after teen left campus and was shot
AG Ferguson announces DNA collection from thousands of violent offenders
Latest results from Tacoma’s crime reduction plan shows progress in enhancing public safety


Facing shortages, WA expands police trainings and fronts the bill (Stearns, Keiser, Pedersen)

Washington remains in the grips of drought, will stay there
Brace yourself for weeks of poor air quality in 2024, Seattle residents

Mayor’s office edited ambitious growth plan for Seattle to preserve the status quo