Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, July 10

The Health and Human Services secretary tells McClatchy that the Biden administration is working to protect the privacy of physicians performing abortions for women coming in from out of state.

WA abortion clinics scramble to care for out-of-state patients. How far are they traveling?
For decades patients have come to Washington for abortions from other Northwest states, including those where rural residents might not have had access close by to abortion services. But since the 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, the number of abortions performed in Washington has increased as more people from out-of-state seek services. And there is some data that shows it now takes longer on average to get an abortion in Washington. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald.

What had possibly been a corner office on the fourth floor of an Uptown office building may become an apartment. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Seattle OKs incentives for developers turning offices into housing
Seattle will soon exempt conversion projects from certain building regulations and fees that apply to other types of development. Among them: the Mandatory Housing Affordability program, or MHA, the city policy that requires developers to set aside affordable apartments or pay toward an affordable housing fund. If successful, the new effort could bring hundreds more apartments to central Seattle neighborhoods such as downtown. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ken Lambert )

An Amazon truck makes deliveries in Wheeling, Ill., earlier this year. Some states have passed or considered measures that would impose a fee on retail deliveries in order to provide funding for road maintenance. (Nam Y. Huh/The Associated Press)

Gas taxes can’t pay for roads much longer, but Amazon deliveries might
For decades, states have relied on gas taxes to provide much of the money to maintain roads and bridges. But as cars become more fuel efficient, and some Americans switch to electric vehicles, state leaders say the gas tax won’t pay the bills for much longer. Cities and counties in Washington state also have asked for help, and some local leaders have asked state lawmakers to consider a retail delivery fee — or to authorize cities to collect one. State lawmakers commissioned an analysis, published last month, looking at the potential for such a program. Continue reading at The Washington State Standard. (Nam Y. Hu)


Crime fell in Washington state last year

Bellingham Herald
WA abortion clinics scramble to care for out-of-state patients. How far are they traveling?
‘It’s 86 degrees in here’: Affordable housing residents call for action amid Bellingham heat wave

Capital Press
EPA: Season between spring and fall frosts growing

West Nile virus is back in Eastern WA. People and horses should take these precautions
Young gay Latinos see rising share of new HIV cases, leading to call for targeted funding
‘Most of our snow is already gone,’ Washington climatologist says; recent heat wave had little impact

The Daily News
Longview to focus capital funds on easy fixes
Kelso to review possible updates to residential building regulations

Everett Herald
Crime down in Everett in 2023, new report says
Inslee energized from visit to Everett fusion firms
Comment: Comment: Public’s safety requires new investments for efforts (Peterson)

News Tribune
Tacoma Public Schools leaders went on a $4,600 Suncadia retreat. Was it ‘frivolous’?
Is it legal to use your phone at a red light in Washington State? Here’s what the law says
Opinion: The Supreme Court is wrong on homelessness. You can’t criminalize people for existing

Port Townsend Leader
Mayor: Rezoning golf course would help address housing

Puget Sound Business Journal
Cities betting on incentives to fuel downtown comeback
SBA sent thousands of PPP loans to collections without notice
Kroger identifies WA stores it will sell as part of Albertsons deal
Seattle makes it easier to turn commercial buildings into housing

Seattle Medium
Community Groups Come Together To Fight Food Insecurity
Seattle’s Summer Meals Program Aims To Serve Over 100,000 Free Meals To Youth
UW’s AVELA Empowers Underrepresented Students In STEM Through Mentorship And Outreach

Seattle Times
Seattle OKs incentives for developers turning offices into housing
PNW data center boom could imperil power supply within 5 years
WA Supreme Court deals blow to lawsuit seeking to protect vehicle residents

Spokesman Review
Housing inventory is slowly growing in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene
This is your body on heat: How summer weather can lead to organ failure, death
AP scores release today: Here’s how high school students are preparing for college early
Spokane County, city of Spokane to contribute additional $750,000 toward projects at Beacon Hill recreation areas

Washington Post
Surging AI energy needs could bring Three Mile Island back online
As extreme heat bakes the West, emergency helicopters struggle to fly
Many universities are abandoning race-conscious scholarships worth millions

WA State Standard
Gas taxes can’t pay for roads much longer, but Amazon deliveries might (Liias)
State grants will help sustain behavioral health providers in Kitsap County

Wenatchee World
New fire burning west of Lake Wenatchee


‘I’ve never met evil like this’: Washington State Patrol trooper shot by suspect speaks in court

Kroger, Albertsons to rid itself of 124 stores in Washington
DCYF explains decision to freeze inmate intake, prosecutors react
Bellingham elementary school has become the latest target for hate
Heat rules for outdoor workers are in force, no such rules for indoor workers
Mercer Island leaders working with residents to prevent water shortage amid hot weather

Seattle City Council greelights office-to-housing conversions, eyeing up to 2k new units

Moses Lake School District announces more layoffs
Two Spokane Safeway stores could be sold in Albertsons-Kroger merger
Crime rates fall in most categories across Washington last year. Hate crimes and vehicle thefts on the rise

NW Public Radio
Medication first, and then a whole-health approach
High temps could be killer as heatwave continues in the Northwest


Cascadia Daily News
Multiple Haggen, Safeway stores to be sold in proposed merger
Whatcom food banks ask county for $2M in annual funding as demand escalates