Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, June 11

A worker trims a marijuana bud at Canna Provisions in Sheffield, Mass., in 2022. Washingtonians with a medical cannabis card can now get a break from the nation’s highest tax on the drug. (Cindy Schultz / The New York Times)

WA medical cannabis users get break from the nation’s highest pot taxes
Thanks to a new state law, Washingtonians with a medical cannabis card can get a break from the nation’s highest tax on the drug. The change, which took effect Thursday, could nudge more people to get medical cards and potentially depress revenues from the cannabis tax, which generated nearly $470 million in fiscal year 2023. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Cindy Schultz)

Nina Trapp washes DaVonna Johnson’s hair during an appointment at Mati’s Salon and Barbershop on Friday, May 24, 2024, along Rainier Avenue South in Seattle.

No more lead in your eyeliner: New Washington state law bans toxic cosmetics
A new state law aims to get cosmetics with certain chemicals out of Washington’s stores and salons. Advocates say it’s the strongest law of its kind in the country, though states including California, Minnesota, and New York have similar regulations. Now comes the long process of store owners, hair stylists, and communities figuring out which products they’ll still be able to use and which ones they’ll need to toss. Continue reading at KUOW. (Megan Farmer)

Wind turbines along a rural road. Washington will have to develop renewable energy projects to meet its carbon-free goals. A lot of that development will likely happen in rural areas.

Rural residents ask about tax rates, land use as state studies renewable energy projects
Washington officials want to know what rural residents think about renewable energy development. At an online public meeting Wednesday, people from across the state raised questions about tax rates, farm and forest land use, and views they said could be obstructed by wind and solar farms.In 2023,Governor Jay Inslee signed a law that could make it easier and faster to build renewable energy projects. The law also requires the state to study how these projects affect rural residents and local economics. Continue reading at KNKX. (Roy Harryman)


Alternatives to ShotSpotter draw concern

Capital Press
Labor Department defends H-2A pay rules from union attack
Economist: Farmers get income boost from wind, solar projects

Washington opens bidding to build its five new electric ferries
Washington, Oregon legislators press I-5 Bridge replacement officials about permits, cost and impact on property owners

Everett Herald
How will the FAA Act benefit Paine Field?
Free therapy service for seniors strives to meet soaring demand
A big decision for Boeing’s next CEO: Is it time for a new plane?
Edmonds School Board set to approve $200M plan to rebuild 2 schools

News Tribune
Some homeless folks to get portable toilets. Will they help curb disease, pollution?
Before 6 died in Tacoma wreck, officials knew intersection was deadly, lawsuit claims
Driving without a seat belt in Pierce County? These signs with special sensors will know
Pierce County’s only reentry center for DOC prisoners shifting focus after nearly 50 years
Man died at Tacoma immigration detention center of natural causes, medical examiner says
Study shows WA residents among top earners in US. Here’s how much the median person makes
Opinion: I love computers, but I didn’t see many people like me in tech. That’s changing

Lawsuit filed against WA state, several agencies for automatically deleting messages
Washington ferries are going electric. WSDOT just opened nationwide bidding to build them

Peninsula Daily News
State ferries to host meetings next week

Seattle Times
King County approves use of e-bikes on regional trails
King County ignored civil rights complaints for 20 months
Thousands in WA behind on Puget Sound Energy bills risk shut-offs
WA medical cannabis users get break from the nation’s highest pot taxes

Spokesman Review
Annual survey counts 15% fewer homeless people in Spokane County
Getting There: Latah Valley and South Hill drivers may see significant delays during construction
Opinion: EWU “right-sized” out of existence

Washington Post
Retailers are finally cutting prices. Will it last?
The world agreed to ban this dangerous pollutant — and it’s working
‘Very unpredictable’: Colleges fear FAFSA fiasco will hurt enrollment
Biden proposes banning medical debt from credit reports, loan decisions
U.S. economy growing significantly faster than expected, World Bank says

WA State Standard
WSU receives grant to study bird flu, other diseases in livestock
72% of Washington eighth graders not proficient in math, report shows

Wenatchee World
Regional Sports Complex consultants study 2 potential Douglas County sites for project
Pioneer Fire suspected cause was structure fire, Chelan County marine patrol assists hikers

Yakima Herald-Republic
Wildfire burning on Yakima Training Center grounds


Retail theft task force in Washington sends first conviction to prison
Renton deploying drone technology into different divisions of police department

‘Cut up and thrown into the street’: Pride flags vandalized in Burien

Protesters demand accountability after video shows SPD officers beating man on sidewalk
What to know about FDA warning on paralytic shellfish poisoning in the Pacific Northwest

KNKX Public Radio
Medical examiner rules Tacoma ICE detainee died of natural causes
Rural residents ask about tax rates, land use as state studies renewable energy projects

KUOW Public Radio
Pierce County hopes to cultivate community gardens with new seed libraries
No more lead in your eyeliner: New Washington state law bans toxic cosmetics

Childcare funds available for local families
Spokane City Council approves $5 million in Covid relief funding for childcare, housing and other city projects


Cascadia Daily News
Community gathers to mark 25 years at pipeline remembrance

Designs unveiled for new I-5 bridge between Washington, Oregon
‘If you flee, we will pursue you:’ Washington police respond to new law
Scammers impersonating police in Lynnwood, Olympia through phone calls
Year-long Washington probe yields 84,000 fentanyl pills, hundreds of pounds of drugs