Washington State House Democrats


Friday, May 3

People walk past cherry blossoms overhead on the first day of spring on the campus of the University of Washington Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Seattle. ELAINE THOMPSON AP Photo

WA grant offers free tuition at several colleges. Here’s why so few apply & how you can
Washington has one of the most expansive financial aid programs of any U.S. state, the Washington College Grant. But according to Governor Jay Inslee, few students are aware that they can apply. They often assume the program is reserved for low-income students, or don’t know about it at all. On May 1, Gov. Inslee’s office published a call for students to apply before next month’s deadline. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading at the Bellingham Herald. (AP Photo)

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Should Washington’s public schools ban students from using cellphones?
Schools around the state and country are searching for a balance with their cellphone policies for students. Phones can not only cause distractions, they can also contribute to bullying and pose mental health risks, especially for kids. A bill in the state Legislature this year would’ve directed school districts to adopt restrictions on student cellphone use by the start of the 2027-28 school year. The measure passed out of the House Education Committee with bipartisan support, then stalled. Continue reading at the WA State Standard. (Getty Images)

What feds’ new cannabis policy could mean for WA weed shops
The U.S. government is moving toward reclassifying marijuana as a less harmful drug, a federal spokesperson confirmed this week. In 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational cannabis distribution. Yet, weed sellers and lawmakers in Washington state say the cannabis industry faces unfair hurdles that other taxpaying businesses do not. Continue reading at the Seattle Times.


Associated Press
EPA bans consumer use of a toxic chemical widely used as a paint stripper but known to cause cancer

Auburn Reporter
Project targets major flooding of Green River

Quake-proofing Seattle’s vulnerable buildings

Bellingham Herald
WA grant offers free tuition at several colleges. Here’s why so few apply & how you can
WA Dept. of Ecology files lawsuit officially launching Nooksack River water rights process
Southwest plans to pull its operations in Bellingham. Thousands are asking the airline to reconsider

Officials say new Vancouver low-income senior housing will improve lives
Demand for electricity in Northwest projected to grow 30% in decade, triple previous estimates

The Daily News
Editorial: Homelessness won’t go away, regardless of Supreme Court ruling

Everett Herald
Everett to use $2.2M for Holly neighborhood’s first park

Kitsap Sun
With childcare at a premium in Kitsap, provider lands state grant to fuel expansion

News Tribune
‘A safe space for all:’ After-school club discusses antiracism, history and politics
Puyallup police, sheriff’s deputy to be honored with Law Enforcement Medal of Honor
Opinion: Health care is broken. Puyallup thrift shop run by ‘grannies’ is the latest victim

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle among nation’s holdouts in return-to-office trend, report finds

Seattle Times
What feds’ new cannabis policy could mean for WA weed shops (Ormsby)
San Juan County ‘encouraged’ by initial results of 32-hour workweek
From Kitsap, with best wishes for success, some tips for the new ferries chief

Spokesman Review
Spokane may be out of the Trent homeless shelter by October
Over 10,000 Premera-insured MultiCare patients in Spokane at risk of losing in-network care at the end of May
The Inland Northwest could burn again: Potential for more wildfires highlights need for safety, preventative measures
Over half of West Plains wells exceed PFAS limits, Ecology finds. Many private wells have PFAS chemicals over ten times the new federal limit

Tri-City Herald
Washington high school ranked third-best in nation in 2024 U.S. News annual ranking list
Editorial: Hanford site nuclear deal is hopeful development. But will it work this time?

Washington Post
Where seas are rising at alarming speed
GOP split could doom bipartisan child tax credit bill
Booming labor market poised to reach milestone for low unemployment

WA State Standard
Should Washington’s public schools ban students from using cellphones?
Demand for electricity in Northwest projected to grow 30% in decade, triple previous estimates

Yakima Herald-Republic
Bree Black Horse formally sworn in to prosecute MMIP cases in federal court
Yakima school superintendent responds community questions about budget cuts


Mobile Department of Licensing office hits the road in Washington
What EPA, researchers and cleaning industry say about detergent pods
Being Pacific Islander means everything’ | Celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month
Friends of woman killed in south Seattle home speak out; Ex-Bothell City Council member arrested

How Olympic National Park will respond to wildland and structure fires
Doctors of color call on Congress to help address minority physician shortage
Two more suspects arrested in string of burglaries targeting Asian, East Indian homeowners
‘Workers go home hurt:’ New bill aims to protect warehouse workers from unsafe conditions
Customers to pay for $100k damage after King County power lines, equipment were ‘sabotaged’

KNKX Public Radio
Centralia’s coal plant has to close next year. Can other communities learn from their transition?

KUOW Public Radio
Can King County actually close its youth jail? It’s not so simple, audit finds

Family of man killed by fellow patient at Eastern State Hospital files lawsuit against the state
Eastern Washington police officers to receive medal of honor for bravery during 2023 Gorge concert shooting


Cascadia Daily News
Department of Ecology files water rights lawsuit in Whatcom County

More students experiencing homelessness in Washington

Travel alert: Washington ferry prices have gone up amid wave of riders