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Legislature passes operating, capital budgets, adjourns 2024 session

March 08, 2024

The Legislature adjourned sine die Thursday afternoon after passing the 2024 supplemental operating budget earlier in the day and the supplemental capital budget on Wednesday. This week also saw final passage of the bill that extends eligibility for the Washington College Grant, College Bound Scholarship and Passport to Careers Program from five years to six years, aligning eligibility with federal financial aid standards. The bill that would allow students in prisons to apply and use federal and state financial aid for their educational programs also saw final passage. >>

Operating budget, House capital budget proposals released

February 23, 2024

House and Senate budget writers released their versions of the operating budget over the weekend, holding hearings Monday. House capital budget writers also released their version of that budget early this week, following the Senate version released last week. That proposal was heard in committee Tuesday. >>

Senate capital budget released, committees resume work with opioid education, Running Start expansion, FAFSA rollout on agendas

February 16, 2024

House and Senate committees got back to work this week as the session reached its House of Origin cutoff deadline Tuesday. That's the self-imposed date in which bills need to be passed by the chamber in which they started in order to continue in the legislative process. The Senate released its version of the capital budget yesterday, with the Ways and Means Committee hearing testimony on the proposal that afternoon. Elsewhere, legislators heard about the impacts of the delayed FAFSA release and took testimony on the opioid and fentanyl education bill and a Running Start expansion bill. >>

Making the most of your vote

February 16, 2024

I recently turned 18, and voting has been at the top of my mind. While I have an amazing opportunity to have hands-on experience in our state’s legislature and policy process, it is not the only way to be involved. >>

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Session passes halfway mark, opioid awareness, incarcerated student financial aid, competency-based education bills moving

February 09, 2024

Following Monday's fiscal committee cutoff deadline — when bills with a monetary impact needed to be approved by those committees to continue in the legislative process — this week was dominated by House and Senate floor action. Bills on opioid and fentanyl awareness, financial aid for incarcerated students and competency-based education all advanced through their home chamber and now move to the opposite chamber for consideration. >>

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