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Hearings resume as Legislature reaches Floor Cutoff

March 10, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

The Legislature reached floor cutoff on Wednesday, which means that bills had to be voted out of their originating chamber in order to continue on in the legislative process. Committee hearings resumed Thursday, with House bills being heard in the Senate and Senate bills being heard in the House. Neither the House Higher Education Committee nor the Senate Higher Education Committee held hearings this week.

System bills

The following bills were requested by the community and technical college system. The listed bill, title and status is the version that made the most progress in the legislative process.

Bill number Bill title Bill status
HB 1130/ SB 5381 Making the customized training program permanent
  • Passed House Feb. 15 on a 97-0 vote
  • Scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Higher Education on March 14

HB 1913/ SB 5677

Creating a leasehold excise tax exemption for certain leasehold interests in facilities owned or used by schools, colleges, or universities
  • HB 1913 passed House March 7 on a 86-11 vote
  • Scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Higher Education on March 14
SB 5069/ HB 1129 Providing associate degree education to enhance education opportunities and public safety
  • SB 5069 passed Senate Feb. 15 on a 46-0 vote
  • SB 5069 scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Higher Education on March 14
  • HB 1129 passed House March 1 on a 77-21 vote
  • HB 1129 referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee

Non-system bills

The following bills passed Wednesday's House of Origin cutoff date and will continue in the legislative process.

Bill number Bill title Bill status
HB 1168

Supporting student success at community and technical colleges by increasing full-time faculty

  • Passed House March 6 on a 51-47 vote
  • Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee
HB 1237 Modifying collective bargaining law to authorize providing additional compensation to academic employees at community and technical colleges
  • Passed House March 3 on a 65-32 vote
  • Referred to Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee
HB 1375 Providing students at community and technical colleges with the costs of required course materials
  • Passed House March 8 on a 97-0 vote
  • Scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Higher Education Committee on March 16

Coming up next week

Committee hearings will continue next week as House committees will take up Senate bills and Senate committees will take up House bills. The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council will issue March 16 its latest economic and revenue forecast. This report will help inform the first draft of the Legislature's budget which the Senate is expected to release March 20.

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