1. State Sen. Don Benton (R-17, Vancouver), who is prime sponsor, at last count, of more than 50 bills, has proposed legislation that would increase the waiting period for couples to divorce from 90 days to one year, the Capitol Record reports—a terrible idea not just for couples who want to move on with their lives but for abused spouses and children who would be placed in an enforced legal limbo.
Benton's proposal would also require couples seeking a divorce to prove that they have read and understood a handbook explaining the state's divorce law. The bill, perversely, is called the "Family Second Chances Act."
2. Pierce Transit may be able to limit cuts to its bus service to "only" 28 percent, Tacoma Tomorrow reports, allowing the agency to preserve some weekend service by delaying capital expenditures on replacement buses and improvements to a bus maintenance facility.
After voters rejected a tax increase that would have allowed Pierce Transit to keep service at existing levels last year, the agency announced it would have to cut service by 34 percent, primarily by slashing night service and eliminating weekend service altogether.
3. The Tacoma News Tribune (subscription required) editorializes in favor of increased state funding for mental health care. While that's obviously a laudable goal, we're a bit alarmed at the chorus of calls (in the TNT and elsewhere) for the state to make it easier to commit mentally ill people to psychiatric hospitals without their consent, particularly given overwhelming evidence that the vast majority of people with psychiatric disorders do not commit violent acts.
4. Former King County sheriff Steve Strachan, who was defeated by ex-sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart last year, has landed on his feet in Bremerton, where he will be the new chief of police, the Kitsap Sun reports.
5. The New York Times reports on a growing trend among young people that is "jangling the nerves of Republicans": A clear majority of young voters believe that government, far from being the enemy, can be a force for good.
In polls, a majority of voters under 30 say the government should do more to help people, by funding health care, education, and a strong social safety net. That's scary news for Republicans, who stand "a real risk" of losing Millenials in upcoming elections, the NYT reports.