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Senate recognizes VanAusdle, budget negotiations continue

March 04, 2016

House and Senate members spent much of their week on the floor, debating and voting on bills before today’s opposite chamber cutoff deadline. Bills that originated in the opposite chamber must be voted out of the opposing chamber by 5 p.m. Fiscal committees also continued their work, hearing and voting on bills related to the budget, as writers continued negotiations on the supplemental capital and operating budgets. >>

Committees again at work, hearing bills from opposite chamber

February 21, 2016

Wednesday (Feb. 17) marked the cutoff date for bills to pass out of their chamber of origin. House committees got back to work Thursday, holding testimony on bills from the opposite chamber. On the budget front, the Office of Financial Management on Wednesday released its revenue forecast which will inform budget writers as they develop the state’s supplemental budget. >>

Legislature reaches first cutoff, corrections education bill passed out of House committee

February 05, 2016

Today marks the Legislature’s first cutoff day — the point at which bills must be voted out of policy committees to continue in the legislative process. So far, the system-request corrections education bill was voted out of the House Higher Education Committee, as were bills on disability accommodations, bachelor’s degrees at community and technical colleges, and programs that would fund tuition for qualified students. >>

Students rally on behalf of colleges, corrections education bill heard in Senate committee

January 31, 2016

More than 200 community and technical college students from around the state rallied in Olympia on Tuesday to show support for the colleges. Meanwhile, 24 people turned out to testify in favor of a system-request bill to allow prisons to offer associate degrees. Public hearings are picking up steam as the Feb. 5 cutoff date nears for bills to pass out of policy committees. >>

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