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Tuesday, February 6

Cocoon House advocate Morgan Huber (right) talks with teens gathered at the nonprofit’s U-Turn drop-in center on Broadway in Everett Dec. 13 2016.

Bipartisan bill aims to curb homelessness among young adults
After spending nearly a decade working at a local nonprofit supporting homeless youth, Everett Rep. Julio Cortes wants to pass legislation to provide housing for young adults coming out of behavioral health inpatient care. Statewide, 1,097 young adults ages 18 to 24 year olds became homeless in 2021 within a year of exiting inpatient treatment, according to a report from the state Department of Social and Health Services. House Bill 1929 would create at least two shelters, one on each side of the state, for people ages 18 to 24 to use after exiting behavioral health inpatient services. Continue reading at The Herald. (Ian Terry)


The House Appropriations Committee advanced a version of the bill Saturday that would limit annual increases in rent to 7% for existing tenants, up from a 5% limit in an initial proposal.

With tweaks, rent limit proposal forges ahead in WA House
A proposal to limit rent hikes in Washington gained the approval of a House budget committee Saturday and continues its trek through the statehouse. The House Appropriations Committee advanced a version of the bill that would limit annual increases in rent to 7% for existing tenants, up from a 5% limit in an initial proposal. In order for House Bill 2114 to survive, it has to get the go-ahead from a full vote of the House by Feb. 13. If the House passes the bill, it would still need vetting and approval from the Senate in order to pass. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Karen Ducey)


Lindsey Topping-Schuetz and her 7-year-old son, Owen, sit while members of the Senate Human Services Committee listen to public testimony to allow parental caregivers of children with disabilities to receive payment on Jan. 30, 2024, in Olympia.

Many can get paid while caring for a child with a disability in Washington, except their parents. A pair of bills hopes to change this.
More than a dozen parents of children who have disabilities testified in front of the Senate Human Services Committee last week, pleading with lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow parental caregivers of children with developmental disabilities to receive payment. Right now, state policy grants parents of an individual over the age of 18 to receive payment as their caregiver. However, parents of minor children cannot be paid for providing the same care. Not only are parents of children with disabilities ineligible for pay, but finding an outside caregiver or one provided through Medicaid is hard and highly unlikely due to the labor shortage. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Lauren Rendahl)


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Axios
What to know about Seattle’s potentially deadly fungus outbreak

Capital Press
Washington House committee passes tribal wolf bill
Judge rejects arguments against 24,000-acre Washington forest project

Columbian
WA lawmakers want on-time payments to count in renters’ credit scores  (Peterson, Shewmake)
ICE won’t let inspectors into Tacoma immigration lockup despite court order, state says (Ortiz-Self)
Vancouver’s third Safe Stay ‘right exactly what we expected — calm and quiet and stable’
Washington lawmakers look to broaden hate crime law to cover vandalizing public property  (Billig)
‘I’m an English teacher before I’m a legislator’: Stonier introduces bill to protect against book bans  (Stonier)
Vancouver woman among advocates who urge lawmakers to support House Bill 1450 to expand insurance coverage for biomarker testing for cancer patients

Everett Herald
Bipartisan bill aims to curb homelessness among young adults (Cortes)
Editorial: Year of free college a boost to students, state (Bergquist)

Islands’ Weekly
$47 million infrastructure investment helps pave the way for more than 3,000 new affordable housing units

News Tribune
These new Pierce County child care centers will have 180 spots. Here’s what to expect
Editorial: Some demand change. Cops want support. Can Tacoma do better after Manny Ellis’ death?

Puget Sound Business Journal
These crucial small-business tax credits are flying under the radar

Seattle Times
With tweaks, rent limit proposal forges ahead in WA House (Cleveland, Alvarado)
Opinion: Proposed bill puts power in the hands of ticket resellers, not fans (Reeves)

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit Community Foundation releases 2023 annual impact report
Former Skagit County hearing examiner grants permit for gravel mine

Spokesman Review
Fees reinstated for installing solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations in Spokane
Spokane City Council votes to approve $135,000 settlement with couple hit by patrol car in 2020
State lawmaker proposes heat pump grant to help homeowners rebuild in wake of Spokane County fires (Riccelli)
Many can get paid while caring for a child with a disability in Washington, except their parents. A pair of bills hopes to change this (Randall)
Opinion: Bill would help expand access to biomarker testing

WA State Standard
Out of gas: Inslee’s oil transparency bill stalls in Legislature (Nyguen)
State lawmakers won’t require insurers to cover tests cancer survivors say are crucial  (Stonier)

Wenatchee World
Senate approves ‘Walking Start to Running Start’ bill
2024 homeless survey finds increase in unsheltered people in Chelan, Douglas counties

Yakima Herald-Republic
Overdose deaths remain high in Yakima County in 2023, as efforts to help continue

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KIRO 7 TV (CBS)
Seattle to foot bill to house refugees for next 3 weeks in SeaTac hotels
WSP investigating 2 separate shootings on I-5 during Monday rush hour
Expert warns latest issues with Boeing 737 could impact your summer travel
Tuesday at 5:30pm: Mothers speak out as fentanyl devastates Western Washington families

KOMO 4 TV (ABC)
PTAs are in a ‘no-win situation,’ raising millions to fund education in Seattle
Sanctioned camp at Burien church closes putting about 60 back on the street
Washington State Patrol to recommend charges for protestors who blocked I-5 for hours

KUOW Public Radio
Largest proposed wind farm in WA slashed in half, firefighting issues are part of the problem

KXLY (ABC)
Second $15 million loan for Spokane Airport expansion project announced
New data reveals record growth in cognitive and reading skills among Washington kindergarteners

NW Public Radio
Largest proposed wind farm in WA slashed in half, firefighting issues are part of the problem

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Cascadia Daily News
City’s homeless cleanups weigh compassion against public cleanliness, complaints
‘Semi-incoherent’ Skagit County decision grants approval for controversial gravel mine

Crosscut
WA mobile home tenants add health complaints to investigation
Despite industry pushback, WA farmworkers will keep overtime pay (Keiser)

The Stranger
Prominent LGBTQ+ Community Members Call for Alcohol in Strip Clubs (Jinkins, Saldaña, Walen)

Monday, February 5

Ted Bradford, in his lawyer’s Seattle office in 2017, went on trial twice in a rape case he was eventually acquitted of after DNA evidence proved his innocence.

WA House bill would make it illegal for police to lie during interrogations
Victims of false confessions that lead to wrongful convictions, like Ted Bradford, want to prohibit police from using deceptive tactics during interrogations, and they have the backing of some lawmakers. House Bill 1062, sponsored by Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, aims to make defendants’ statements inadmissible in court if police use deceptive tactics during interrogations to get those statements. Nine states have passed similar laws, but they only apply to juveniles. The bill has received two hearings in the House this legislative session. Continue reading at Seattle Times. (Kjell Redal)


Beer and/or soda bottles.

Washington lawmakers crack open a fresh bottle deposit bill
State lawmakers in Olympia are once again considering a proposal to establish a bottle deposit program for Washington state. The basic idea: Pay 10 cents per can/bottle, and return the container to get the money back. In a video promoting the proposal, State Rep. Monica Stonier explained that there is a need to increase recycling rates in Washington state. Washington is the only state on the West Coast without a bottle deposit program. Oregon and California have their own. Other states like Colorado and Maine have their own versions.
Continue reading at KUOW. (Thanh Serious)


How a new state bill could help save students’ lives
Legislation aimed at helping students in emergency situations unanimously passed the Washington State Senate. According to a news release from Washington State Democrats, SB 5790 would provide schools with bleeding control kits. It would also help bystanders be prepared until professionals arrive. “Bystanders can help save lives with simple techniques — having these kits available and having staff trained in using them can make all the difference,” said the bill’s sponsor, Senator Manka Dhingra. “Requiring these kits in all schools means that all students will get the same level of safety and protection.” Continue reading at KIRO 7. (Washington State Democrats)


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Aberdeen Daily World
Summit Pacific breaks ground on $60M expansion project
Crisis centers key piece to behavioral health system, report says

Axios
Charted: How Microsoft’s AI lead is showing up
Boeing reworking 50 undelivered 737 MAX jets over fuselage issue

Bellingham Herald
Deadly crashes are at an all-time high in Washington. Here’s how Bellingham is responding

Capital Press
Developer: Washington council gutting Horse Heaven power project
Saying Rocky Mountain wolves are abundant, USFWS won’t relist them

Columbian
Green hydrogen plans take shape for former Alcoa site at Cherry Point (Shewmake)
Washington lawmakers hope to tweak new wildfire protection rules for homes (Van De Wege)
Cash payments for WA residents? Lawmakers propose trying out basic income program (Kaufman)
Schools in Washington are required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily. A new bill would make sure students actually understand what it means

Everett Herald
A glimpse into the new and improved Edmonds portwalk
3 takeaways from Marysville mayor’s state of the city speech
Police: Arlington High School student arrested with gun on campus
Should Washington require headlights 24 hours a day on highways? (Lovick, Shewmake)
10 cents per bottle: Recycling companies have mixed views on proposal  (Peterson)
Drug treatment clinic in Monroe aims to reach an underserved clientele
Comment: State’s wealthy want to claw back taxes they owe
Comment: Eco-Nomics: Fossil fuels are throwing gas on wildfires

News Tribune
ICE won’t let inspectors into Tacoma immigration lockup despite court order, state says

Olympian
A new model for affordable housing? DNR, nonprofit have a plan for Lacey area
‘There’s not much help.’ More Thurston County renters face evictions with fewer options
Wednesday was 1st cutoff for bills in the 2024 session. Here’s what stalled, what moves on (Cleveland, Morgan, Kloba Nguyen, Berry, Kuderer, Lovick, Donaghy)

Peninsula Daily News
Police bill gets pushback (Hansen)

Puget Sound Business Journal
More companies embracing benefits aimed at student loan debt

Seattle Medium
Uncertain Future: Seattle Streetcar Faces Potential Demise

Seattle Times
Seattle’s graffiti law reinstated by Court of Appeals
Connecticut is acing the FAFSA. Could WA learn some new tricks?
What electric vehicle incentives are available in WA? Check our list (Fey)
WA House bill would make it illegal for police to lie during interrogations (Peterson)
WA’s mountain snow recharges our drinking water, powers our lives. Now it’s turning to rain.
Opinion: Prescribed fire, not wildfire, is vital to the health of our forests
Opinion: Plan to lower drug costs may actually hurt U.S. legacy of innovation
Opinion: The racial justice backlash is here. Don’t remain silent
Editorial: WA Democrats, hold hearings on initiatives

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit Valley College Foundation receives $1.68 million gift
With increased funding, Sedro-Woolley working to add firefighters

Spokesman Review
Bill seeking to ban fur sales nixed (Stanford)
Spokane lawmaker’s bill revising hate crime laws passes through the Senate (Billig)
Washington’s legislative session is halfway over. Here are some key bills that might still become law (Berry, Lovick, Stonier, Trudeau, Kuderer, Kloba)
Opinion: Bill would help expand access to biomarker testing (Riccelli, Ormsby)
Opinion: Let’s keep up the momentum toward a more equitable state tax code

Tri-City Herald
COVID, flu, RSV triple threat. What Tri-Cities needs to know
Dial-A-Ride drivers cry foul over $3M outsourcing they say will make disabled less safe

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Experts talk about human trafficking trends, signs during panel held at Whitman College

Washington Post
A state pollution tax raised $2 billion. Can it survive the backlash? (Mullet)
Companies’ hard-line stance on returning to the office is backfiring

WA State Standard
Consultants who help prevent pre-K expulsions and suspensions seek more state support
Washington lawmakers look to broaden hate crime law to cover vandalizing public property (Billig)

Wenatchee World
How a lack of veterans mental health services contributed to 2 police shootings in 18 months

Whidbey News-Times
Commissioner Bacon urges lawmakers to prioritize ferry funding (Paul)

Yakima Herald-Republic
WA congressional delegation calls for federal disaster declaration for cherry harvest

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KING 5 TV (NBC)
In Session: Initiatives hanging over legislature, November election  (Fitzgibbon, Lekanoff)
Hundreds gather for Lunar New Year celebration in Seattle’s Chinatown International District
‘It’s definitely backfiring’: Seattle ordinance intended to help app delivery workers is ‘hurting’ them

KIRO 7 TV (CBS)
How a new state bill could help save students’ lives (Dhingra)
New ‘non-conformance’ issue delays 737s at Boeing’s Renton facility
Plans to convert Tacoma church into affordable housing sparks controversy
‘Annoying’ but necessary? State mulls adding speeding cameras to highways

KOMO 4 TV (ABC)
New emergency shelter for homeless women, children opens in Seattle
Final testing underway as Eastside Link light rail prepares for spring launch
Navy urges more well testing as Whidbey Island water contamination possibly widens
Warning period ends for drivers caught on camera speeding near 4 schools in Edmonds
Liquor and cannabis board suspends ‘lewd conduct’ enforcement over LGBTQ+ club concerns 

KNKX Public Radio
First cutoff deadline, rent bill complications: A quick look at week 4 in the WA Legislature
(Nance)
Take this historic house, please! Lawmakers unsure about acquiring political trailblazer’s home

KUOW Public Radio
Seattle will start enforcing its anti-graffiti law again
Sewage burning? Yes, it’s a thing in western Washington
Washington lawmakers crack open a fresh bottle deposit bill (Stonier)
Kirkland students’ bill to put Narcan in schools passes the Senate, heads to House (Kuderer)
First cutoff deadline, rent bill complications: A quick look at week 4 in the WA Legislature (Nance)

NW Public Radio
Strain on Washington abortion clinics increase following Dobbs
City of Lynnwood pays $550k fine to EPA for Clean Air Act violations
Allianz to pay $1.5 million for discriminatory claim denials in Washington

FOX13 TV
WA Senate bill to establish network for student mental, behavioral health (Nobles)
A look at Washington’s legislative session so far: Where certain bills stand
End to Washington’s lewd conduct law could bring booze back to strip clubs

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Bloomberg Law
State Lawmakers Target AI Deepfakes in Taylor Swift Aftermath (Orwall)

Crosscut
For-profit Tacoma ICE center blocks health and labor inspections (Ortiz-Self)

MyNorthwest
State Senate approves health coverage assistance during labor disputes (Keiser)
Out of time: Push for permanent standard time in WA fails to clear legislature (Dhingra)

Friday, February 2

Members of the House convene on the first day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol on Jan. 8 in Olympia.

What bills are dead, alive after WA Legislature’s first cutoff
Legislators have a little more than a month left to go, and by Jan. 31, most bills had to get the nod from a policy committee to continue their journey through the statehouse. Though future deadlines will make the public policy horizon even clearer, the first cutoff is a milestone in the legislative session, a sprint that started Jan. 8 and runs through early March. Continue reading at Seattle Times. (Lindsey Wasson)


Downtown Seattle is framed by the curved roof of the Space Needle, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Seattle. The roof of the Seattle icon has been painted its original color of

WA lawmakers weigh tax breaks for developers turning offices to homes
Washington lawmakers are mulling new financial breaks for developers who convert commercial buildings into apartments or condos, an attempt to respond to the state’s glut of empty office buildings and dire need for new homes. Supporters say offering developers incentives will help spur conversions of underused buildings, creating much-needed housing and reinvigorating downtowns. Continue reading at The Columbian. (Ted S. Warren)


Gas prices are shown at a station, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, near the Space Needle in Seattle.

High gas prices drive ‘big oil transparency’ legislation in Olympia
Legislation to require more transparency from big oil companies has survived this week’s legislative cutoff and is moving forward in Olympia. The bill (SB 6052) would create a new Petroleum Market Oversight division within the state Utilities and Transportation Commission. “Our goal is to shed light on the mechanisms influencing fuel prices in Washington State,” said the bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Joe Nguyen, D-White Center. Nguyen called it a commitment to consumer protection through transparency and fairness. Continue reading at KNKX. (Ted S. Warren)


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Auburn Reporter
Data shows more collisions in SR 18 construction zone

Axios
Seattle restaurants are still on life support, while others rebound

Bellingham Herald
Many WA hospital patients will share $158 million in refunds and debt forgiveness
Port of Bellingham launches new project, promising environmental cleanup and new jobs
Point-In-Time Count helps Whatcom service providers connect with unhoused community

Capital Press
Organic Valley pays farmers for cutting carbon emissions

Columbian
Rep. Waters’ fish barrier bill moves forward  (Chapman, Timmons, Reeves)
WA lawmakers weigh tax breaks for developers turning offices to homes (Chopp)
Cash payments for WA residents? Lawmakers propose trying out basic income program (Kauffman)
‘I just don’t believe this is the right policy’: Sen. Cleveland votes against rent stabilization bill (Cleveland)
High rents have tenants on edge: 25% of Vancouver renters spend more than half their income on rent
OHSU study co-authored by Vancouver addiction specialist finds addiction treatment scarce for teenagers in Washington, around U.S.

The Daily News
US employers added a surprisingly robust 353,000 jobs in January in further sign of economic strength

Everett Herald
Free community college bill advances through House committee (Bergquist, Reed, Pollet)
Pilot program in Mukilteo schools gets local teachers in local schools
After Washington lawsuit, Providence erases or refunds $158M in bills

The Inlander
Health insurance premiums in Washington have more than doubled in the last decade — why? (Riccelli)

Mercer Island Reporter
Islanders meet with legislators at Day on the Hill (Wellman, Senn, Thai)

News Tribune
Many WA hospital patients will share $158 million in refunds and debt forgiveness
Get ready to spring forward and lose sleep, WA. Here’s when daylight saving time starts
New study ranks Washington among top 10 states with highest-earning college graduates
Editorial: Some demand change. Cops want support. Can Tacoma do better after Manny Ellis’ death? 
Opinion: WA judges must uphold legal principles for all — including granting pretrial release

Peninsula Daily News
Habitat gets $2M for state CHIP grant

Puget Sound Business Journal
Regional Homelessness Authority set to replace interim CEO
Amazon suggests it’s not done cutting jobs amid hiring slowdown
Providence reaches agreement with WA AG over charity care lawsuit
The FTC is poised to ban noncompetes. Here’s what experts say could happen next.

Seattle Times
What bills are dead, alive after WA Legislature’s first cutoff (Jinkins, Salomon, Mena, Nguyen, Alvarado, Trudeau, Keiser, Doglio, Lovick, Kloba, Stonier, Thai, Farivar)
WA announces $85M to help build thousands of EV chargers
WA Senate bill dies, signaling tough path ahead for limiting rent hikes (Cleveland, Shewmake, Jinkins)
Editorial: Pass ban on use of ‘hog-tying’ by law enforcement (Trudeau)
Opinion: Proposals hurt landlords, don’t help increase WA affordable housing

Spokesman Review
Opinion: State should fund all public schools equally – including charter schools

Tri-City Herald
WA state council supports cutting half of proposed giant wind turbines near Tri-Cities
Does a world run by AI scare you? WA lawmakers are trying to get on top of the tech explosion (Orwall, Mullet, Nguyen, Stanford)

Washington Post
Tesla recalls nearly all U.S. vehicles over font sizes on warning lights
Labor market grew 353,000 in January, a surprisingly strong pickup

WA State Standard
WA advocates press for state funding to help migrants camped at Tukwila church
Washington Senate approves requirement for all public schools to have naloxone (Kuderer)

Wenatchee World
Land preservation: ‘A mission that you can visibly see, feel and touch’
Appeals court rules in favor of DCYF in negligence lawsuit over Wenatchee Valley child’s death

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KING 5 TV (NBC)
New committee could determine who’s honored on Washington law enforcement memorial
Providence will refund medical bills for thousands of patients after agreement with Attorney General
Liquor and Cannabis Board pauses lewd conduct enforcement after pushback over Seattle inspections

KIRO 7 TV (CBS)
House committee advances GOP bill addressing high college costs
Time runs out on latest push to end Washington’s yearly clock changes (Hunt)
State rolls out changes after outrage over SPD, liquor board visits to LGBTQ+ venues

KOMO 4 TV (ABC)
Washington state to add nearly 5,000 electric vehicle charging stations
OxyContin marketer, opioid maker announce settlements totaling $500 million
After Washington state lawsuit, Providence erases or refunds $158M in medical bills

KNKX Public Radio
High gas prices drive ‘big oil transparency’ legislation in Olympia (Nguyen)

KUOW Public Radio
Surge of new EV charging stations coming to Washington state
Republicans, Democrats, carbon, and you: Debating Washington’s cap and trade (Nguyen)
The 6 voter initiatives likely heading to Washington ballots this fall, explained (Fitzgibbon)
Video shows heavily armed guards detaining hunger strikers at Tacoma ICE center after using tear gas

KXLY (ABC)
The impact of social media on kids’ mental health
‘I don’t think anybody knows for sure’: Department of Ecology and EPA to offer free PFAS testing

NW Public Radio
A day in the life at a Clarkston homeless camp

FOX13 TV
WA Senate bill to establish network for student mental, behavioral health (Nobles)

Web

Cascadia Daily News
Bellingham Macy’s workers win improved safety conditions in new contract
Bellingham police have cited 19 people under city, state public drug-use laws

Crosscut
Washington public defenders say the strained system needs funding

MyNorthwest
Outbreak of deadly fungus C. auris hits King County

Thursday, February 1

Students work on the second floor prior to a ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Cascade Learning Center on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington.

Free community college bill advances through House committee
All students in Washington high schools could soon be eligible for a free 13th year of school. House Bill 2309 would establish the “Washington 13 Free Guarantee,” providing students with up to 45 credits of community or technical college tuition-free. The guarantee would apply to students regardless of income. On Tuesday, lawmakers passed the bill out of the House committee on post-secondary education with bipartisan support. Continue reading at The Herald. (Ryan Berry)


Left: Lake Washington High School senior Sophia Lymberis stands on the steps of the Capitol in Olympia during a recent visit to testify on behalf of Senate Bill 5804, a bill that she and her classmates helped develop that would put opioid overdose medications in every school. (Courtesy of Sophia Lymberis) Right: The overdose-reversal drug Narcan

Washington teens advocate for Narcan in every school
A group of Lake Washington High School seniors say it’s time to put opioid overdose medications like Narcan in every school to protect students amid the growing opioid epidemic. Senate Bill 5804 would put the life-saving opioid reversal medication naloxone in all Washington K-12 public schools, charter schools, and state-tribal education compact schools. The medication is currently available only in high schools in districts with 2,000 or more students. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Sophia Lymberis, Matt Rourke)


Rep. Julio Cortes: After young people leave treatment, let’s give them a safe place to go
Across our state and nation, we have a behavioral health crisis intersecting with a homelessness crisis. The epicenter of this crisis is on our local streets and in our schools. Whether in our urban or rural communities, our 5-year-olds know what the blue tarps are for and our teenagers understand the peril and availability of fentanyl. Substitute House Bill 1929, sponsored by state Rep. Julio Cortes, D-Everett, among others, and created by NorthStar Advocates, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing and ending youth homelessness, proposes providing interim housing for young people immediately upon discharge. Continue reading at Seattle Times. (Getty Images)


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Auburn Reporter
What are the priorities for South King County legislators? (Taylor, Reeves, Wilson, Entenman, Stearns, Kauffman)

Bainbridge Island Review
Rep. Nance works to fix state ferry system (Nance)

Bellingham Herald
Study: Bellingham’s median rent increased by 16.8% last year. How does that compare to the nation?

Capital Press
Washington Senate panel passes bill forcing citizens to vote (Hunt)
Washington OT law helped kill farm, legislative committee told (Keiser)
Washington Fish and Wildlife director ‘hate’ Inslee’s wolf order

Columbian
Washington pays $9.9 million to woman who got terminal cancer in prison
Renter sues BNSF Railway over July Tunnel Five Fire, says home, belongings destroyed in blaze

The Daily News
Comment: Thumbs up to public EV chargers, thumbs down to collision in Kelso

Everett Herald
Lynnwood pays $550K fine over air quality violations
Free community college bill advances through House committee (Bergquist, Reed, Pollet)
Free suicide education event ‘You Are Not Alone’ to be held in Mukilteo
Comment: Federal forest plan update must also protect people
Comment: What harms kids more: butts and boogers or book bans?
Comment: ‘Fetal personhood’ laws claiming more rights of women

The Inlander
With Idaho and Washington quickly moving through their legislative sessions, here are some of the bills to watch

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Friday Harbor youth support recycling reform in Olympia (Lekanoff, Ramel, Lovelett)

New York Times
Will Lawmakers Really Act to Protect Children Online? Some Say Yes.

Northwest Asian Weekly
WA Lunar New Year legislation moves forward (Thai)

Olympian
Does a world run by AI scare you? WA lawmakers are trying to get on top of the tech explosion (Orwall, Nguyen, Stanford)
Opinion: Some say locking people up before trial holds them accountable. Here’s the truth

Puget Sound Business Journal
Quality-control challenges overshadow Boeing’s strong Q4
Boeing suspends earnings guidance following 737 Max blowout

Seattle Times
BNSF Railway responsible for Tunnel 5 fire, damage, lawsuit says
WA Democrats unsure of next moves on six GOP-backed initiatives (Jinkins, Fitzgibbon)
Kenmore’s canceled affordable housing project draws sharp criticism
WA lawmakers weigh tax breaks for developers turning offices to homes (Trudeau, Chopp)
Rep. Julio Cortes: After young people leave treatment, let’s give them a safe place to go
Opinion: WA leaders ‘absolutely’ committed to saving local journalism
Editorial: Behemoths’ merger is bad for WA grocery shoppers

Spokesman Review
Inslee presents ‘incredibly visionary’ Spokane with award for relaxing land-use restrictions (Reed)
EPA and Washington Department of Ecology to provide free well testing to West Plains residents amid investigation into PFAS contamination

Vancouver Business Journal
Opinion: Proposed bill would pay unemployment benefits to striking workers 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
DOC inmate refuses to attend arraignment for assault charge

Washington Post
Young people, free speech advocates and LGTBQ groups react angrily to online safety legislation

WA State Standard
As plan to cap rent hikes derails in WA Senate, House Democrats may keep pushing (Jinkins, Cleveland, Trudeau)
Take this historic house, please! Lawmakers unsure about acquiring political trailblazer’s home (Tharinger)

Wenatchee World
Appeals court rules in favor of DCYF in negligence lawsuit over Wenatchee Valley child’s death

Whidbey News-Times
Event counts unhoused at one Point in Time

Yakima Herald-Republic
La Casa Hogar plans low-cost citizenship clinic at Perry Tech

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KING 5 TV (NBC)
Student attendance on the rise at Washington schools
Sounder stations in Pierce County see funding for improvements
State Representative hopes coming forward about addiction will inspire others to seek help (Lekanoff)

KIRO 7 TV (CBS)
More counties in Western Washington see deadly fungus outbreak
3 bills pass Washington House that could protect animals, alter makeup sales
Seattle Councilmember joins U.S. leaders in efforts to stop Kia, Hyundai theft crisis

KOMO 4 TV (ABC)
Highway speed camera pilot program being considered in Olympia (Fey)
Seattle funds refuge hotel stays amidst housing and work permit struggles
1st outbreak of serious, treatment-resistant C. auris fungus confirmed in Seattle

KNKX Public Radio
Cash payments for WA residents? Lawmakers propose trying out basic income program (Kauffman)

KUOW Public Radio
Group homes would replace jail for youth in King County under plan to close detention center

KXLY (ABC)
Inland Northwest snowpack is limping into February
Man dead in South Hill shooting involving nine officers
Spokane honored by Governor Inslee for innovative approach to affordable housing

Web

Cascadia Daily News
Millions slated for wildlife overpass in Skagit County

Crosscut
Washington teens advocate for Narcan in every school (Kuderer)

The Stranger
Bad Apples – SPD Cops Hassle the Homeless, Hit a Parked Car, Dilly-Dally in Response to a Car Prowler

Wednesday, January 31

Laura Ellsworth, left, and Nashida Cervantes of Council for the Homeless, pass out T-shirts and sweatshirts to participants taking part in Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day on Tuesday.

Dozens of Clark County residents travel to Olympia to urge legislators to back rent stabilization
Ninety Clark County residents rode to the Capitol for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day today to implore their state legislators to vote for bills that would slow rent increases and pay for affordable housing and homelessness services. The main reason advocates arrived in droves was to support rent stabilization. It’s a key topic this legislative session, as it was last session. Companion bills House Bill 2114 and Senate Bill 5961 propose limiting rent increases to 5 percent a year, unless a new tenant moves in. Continue reading at The Columbian. (Amanda Cowan)


Cash payments for WA residents? Lawmakers propose trying out basic income program
Washington Democrats want to give 7,500 low-income state residents recurring cash payments for two years, no strings attached. The Evergreen Basic Income Pilot Program would pay qualifying participants a monthly amount equal to the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment where the participant lives. Fair market rent is a statistic used by government agencies and nonprofits that represents the cost of a moderately-priced rental home in a local housing market. Continue reading at WA State Standard. (Getty Images)


An encampment along I-5 near Sleater Kinney Road in Thurston County was recently cleared and replaced with boulders

I-5 boulders spark debate over “hostile architecture”
Washington state officials are debating when, if ever, it’s appropriate to install permanent fixtures in public spaces to try to stop people who are experiencing homelessness from sleeping there. A bill in Washington’s Legislature would ban cities and counties from using hostile architecture, defined as “any building or structure that is designed or intended to prevent people experiencing homelessness from sitting or lying on the building or structure at street level.” Continue reading at Axios. (WSDOT)


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Axios
Seattle bans batteries in the trash, citing fire risk
I-5 boulders spark debate over “hostile architecture” (Lovelett)

Capital Press
Lawmakers grill officials on secret Snake River dam deal

Columbian
Vancouver awarded $3.5M in grants for affordable housing
Washington lawmakers make another run at legalizing home-grown marijuana (Kloba, Reeves)
Dozens of Clark County residents travel to Olympia to urge legislators to back rent stabilization (Cleveland, Wilson, Wylie, Stonier)

Everett Herald
In new program, nurses help 911 callers who don’t need an ambulance
Comment: Local government has work ahead to reflect community

Mercer Island Reporter
King County Regional Homeless Authority’s Point-In-Time Count underway

New York Times
Meta Rejected Efforts to Improve Children’s Safety, Documents Show
U.S. Will Pay to Add Solar Panels to Hospitals, Schools After Disasters

Olympian
Opinion: I’m in prison because I committed a crime. In WA, people like me deserve to vote (Simmons)

Peninsula Daily News
Water reserves low in Olympics

Puget Sound Business Journal
Microsoft shows its AI investments are paying off in latest earnings
King County buys former Renton hotel that it used as homeless shelter

Seattle Medium
New Ban – Batteries Not Allowed In The Garbage In Seattle
Students Walkout After Shooting Of 15-Year-Old Mobarak Adam
Nobles Bill To Increase Student Access To Free School Meals Heard In Committee (Nobles)
Washington State Revives Child Abuse Reporting Bill Despite Past Catholic Opposition (Frame)
Washington State Introduces Mandatory Sex Trafficking Prevention Curriculum For Students
Seattle Officer Faces Possible Discipline For Offensive Comments Regarding Indian Woman’s Death

Seattle Times
Rent stabilization bill stalls in WA Senate (Cleveland, Stonier, Shewmake, Trudeau)
WA pays $9.9 million to woman who got terminal cancer in prison
Seattle police, King County prosecutors accused of fabricating evidence
Inslee signs executive order for WA to study, issue guidelines for AI use
Opinion: ‘A cost on simply existing’: How political tension is rising in WA

Spokesman Review
As elections loom in the age of AI, Washington officials look for answers (Stanford)
McMorris Rodgers brings Snake River dam debate to the Capitol, while Yakama Nation warns of ‘misinformation’
Schools in Washington are required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily. A new bill would make sure students actually understand what it means

Tri-City Herald
‘Arbitrary, drastic’ restrictions could kill huge wind farm near Tri-Cities, says developer

WA State Standard
Washington lawmakers hope to tweak new wildfire protection rules for homes (Van De Wege)
Allegations of ‘secret’ deal to remove Snake River dams aired by U.S. House GOP
Cash payments for WA residents? Lawmakers propose trying out basic income program (Kauffman)

Wenatchee World
Greater Wenatchee Regional Landfill to house $43 million renewable natural gas project

Broadcast

KING 5 TV (NBC)
Pot shop robbery penalties would increase under proposed Senate bill (Keiser)
Hundreds of tenants to rally at the state Capitol to oppose rent gouging
Advocates pushing to make Lunar New Year as an official holiday in Seattle
New Everett ‘Pallet Shelter’ community welcomes families facing homelessness

KIRO 7 TV (CBS)
Bill proposes testing automated speed cameras along state highways
Governor Inslee signs new executive order on generative AI like ChatGPT
Sit-in at Seattle City Hall buys 60 refugees another week before they face eviction

KOMO 4 TV (ABC)
Renton Village Starbucks workers become latest store to unionize
Washington state to develop guidelines for agencies using generative AI
WA Liquor and Cannabis board rejects claims of targeting LGBTQ+ bars, clubs
Residents rally for rent control in Olympia while pushing for 5% cap on yearly increases (Alvarado)
‘It’s a revolving door’: RVs, tents return to SODO neighborhood months after city cleanup

KUOW Public Radio
Why Washington cars could get a little Smokey in 2024 (Nobles, Trudeau, Lovick, Conway)
King County Homelessness Authority gets new leader, for now
A federal court declines to revisit a ruling that could weaken the Voting Rights Act
Seattle police commanders condemn ‘destructive unprofessionalism’ of officer caught laughing about pedestrian death

KXLY (ABC)
New FAFSA form encourages students to not leave money on the table
Washington lawmakers to consider lowering pet fees to support pet owners
New bill introduced would help get federal assistance to wildfire victims faster
Increased vaping among Washington kids prompts local schools to seek solutions

NW Public Radio
Nez Perce Tribe honors the wolf
Spokane’s Black newspaper relaunches
Agricultural overtime law still causing controversy

Q13 TV (FOX)
Senate considers bill to end child marriage in WA
Hundreds rally for bills against rent gouging in Washington
Seattle LGBTQ nightclubs allegedly raided: Routine inspections or intimidation?

Web

Cascadia Daily News
Water users in Nooksack Basin targeted in new survey
Suspected fentanyl overdoses leave two dead in Lummi Nation

Crosscut
Speaking Lushootseed: WA’s Indigenous curriculum may be renamed (Lekanoff)

MyNorthwest
Cell phones would be banned in Wash. schools under new bill