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Virtual hearings continue as Legislature wraps up Week 2

January 22, 2021

House and Senate committees continued their virtual work this week, hearing bills on extending the Customized Training Program tax credit, expanding a pilot program serving students experiencing homelessness or who were in foster care, expanding educational opportunities in the state's prisons, and addressing equity and access in community and technical colleges. >>

2021 Legislative Session Kicks Off in Virtual World

January 15, 2021

The House and Senate gavels came down Monday, marking the start of what will no doubt be a unique legislative session. Legislators arrived in Olympia and, under heavy security called for by Gov. Inslee because of threats of violence, voted to change chamber rules to work remotely for the 105 day session to help maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. >>

Bringing the Student Voice to the Virtual Hill

January 15, 2021

As the first week of the 2021 legislative sessional concludes, it was an overwhelming and surreal experience to see the people who continue to fight for Washingtonians, its youth population, and the continuation of security in higher education funding. >>

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