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Fiscal cutoff passes, floor action begins

February 09, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

The Legislature reached its second cutoff of the 2018 session Tuesday as bills needed to be voted out of fiscal committees in order to continue in the legislative process. Bills still alive now await action from their chamber's rules committees or, once placed on the floor calendar, from the entire chamber.

Of note this week, the system-requested bills to add adults aged 25-44 without a high school diploma or equivalent to the state's Caseload Forecast Council's forecasting did not survive cutoff. Also, the Senate confirmed Jan Wigen, trustee for the Community Colleges of Spokane, on Feb. 7.

Bill status roundup

The following bills are being monitored by the college system.

Bill number Bill title Bill status Legislative News coverage
3SHB 1488 Expanding higher education opportunities for certain students Feb. 8: Second reading Jan. 10: Rural education program, College Bound Scholarship bills heard in House Higher Education
SHB 1651 Supporting students' success by increasing retention and graduation rates with evidence-based programs Feb. 2: Referred to House Appropriations Committee Jan. 23: Evidence shows promise in student support programs
E2SHB 2177 Creating the rural county high employer demand jobs program Feb. 8: Passed House 98-0 Jan. 10: Rural education program, College Bound Scholarship bills heard in House Higher Education
HB 2252 Concerning policies for granting academic credit at institutions of higher education for international baccalaureate (IB) examinations Jan. 24: Scheduled for executive action in House Higher Education Committee, but no action taken. Jan. 16: Bills on dual credit awards and mental health topics in House Higher Education hearing
HB 2299/SB 6032 Making supplemental operating appropriations Jan. 8: Heard in House Appropriations Committee Jan. 8: Governor's budget proposal heard in House Appropriations
SHB 2386 Providing room and board for certain college bound scholarship students Feb. 6: House Rules Committee Jan. 10: Rural education program, College Bound Scholarship bills heard in House Higher Education
HB 2399/SB 6169 Including certain residents who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent or postsecondary credential and the number of students expected to enroll in basic education for adults courses at community and technical colleges in caseload forecast council forecasting Jan. 15: Heard in House Appropriations Committee Jan. 15: Basic Education caseload forecast bill heard in House Appropriations
HB 2513/SB 6514 Concerning suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education, with enhanced services to student veterans Jan. 29: Heard in House Appropriations Committee Jan. 16: Bills on dual credit awards and mental health topics in House Higher Education hearing
SHB 2656 Concerning concurrent enrollment programs and college preparatory with examination programs Feb. 2: Referred to House Appropriations Committee Jan. 16: Bills on dual credit awards and mental health topics in House Higher Education hearing
HB 2669 Adding part-time employees to state civil service Feb. 6: Referred to House Rules Committee Jan. 23: Bill including part-time employees in state civil service heard in House committee
SHB 2685 Promoting preapprenticeship opportunities for high school students Feb. 7: Passed House 98-0 Jan. 22: Promoting pre-apprenticeship opportunities for high school students
HB 2764 Concerning child care for student parents in public institutions of higher education Feb. 2: Referred to House Appropriations Committee Jan. 23: Similar measures on child care for student parents heard in House and Senate committees
HB 2801 Implementing a tracking and early alert system to improve student success at community and technical colleges Feb. 2: Referred to House Appropriations Committee Jan. 23: Evidence shows promise in student support programs
HB 2854 Establishing pilot programs to plan for the needs of certain college students experiencing homelessness Feb. 2: Referred to House Appropriations Committee Jan. 24: Bill addressing student homelessness heard in House Higher Education
SSB 5074 Aligning eligibility for the college bound scholarship program with the state need grant program Jan. 24: Passed Senate 38-11, referred to House Higher Education Committee Jan. 11: Financial aid bills on Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development agenda
SB 5568 Freezing tuition at institutions of higher education Jan. 23: Heard in Senate Higher Education and Work Jan. 23: Apprenticeships and college affordability topics of Senate Higher Education
SB 5917 Requiring a systemwide credit policy regarding international baccalaureate exams Jan. 31: Passed to Senate Rules Committee Jan. 25: Credit for IB exams on Senate Higher Education agenda
SSB 5993 Modifying collective bargaining law to authorize providing additional compensation to academic employees at community and technical colleges Feb. 6: Passed to Senate Rules Committee

Jan. 15: Bill allowing colleges to use local funds for salary increases heard in Senate committee

Feb. 1: Senate Ways and Means takes up bill on salary increases

SB 6032/SB 2299 Making supplemental operating appropriations Jan. 9: Heard in Senate Ways and Means Committee Jan. 9: Senators hear governor's operating budget proposal
SSB 6090 Concerning the capital budget Jan. 19: Governor signed, effective same day Jan. 11: Senators urged to pass capital budget to fund college projects
SB 6100 Concerning the working connections childcare subsidy Jan. 23: Heard in Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee Jan. 23: Similar measures on child care for student parents heard in House and Senate committees
2SSB 6101 Establishing the evergreen investment scholarship program Feb. 6: Referred to Senate Rules Committee Jan. 11: Financial aid bills on Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development agenda
SB 6169/HB 2399 Including certain residents who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent or postsecondary credential and the number of students expected to enroll in basic education for adults courses at community and technical colleges in caseload forecast council forecasting Jan. 30: Heard in Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee Jan. 30: System-request caseload forecast bill heard in Senate committee
SB 6209 Facilitating high school success Feb. 1: Heard in Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee Feb. 1: Bill to expand dual-credit to all high school students heard in Senate Early Learning
2SSB 6262 Establishing pilot programs to plan for the needs of certain college students experiencing homelessness Feb. 6: Passed to Senate Rules Committee Jan. 18: Apprenticeship and homeless student-support bills heard in Senate committee
SB 6248 Granting of high school diplomas by community or technical colleges Feb. 8: Placed on second reading Jan. 25: Increasing opportunities to earn a high school diploma
2SSB 6274 Helping foster and homeless youth complete apprenticeships Feb. 6: Passed to Senate Rules Committee Jan. 18: Apprenticeship and homeless student-support bills heard in Senate committee
SB 6260 Covering costs for low-income running start students Feb. 1: Executive action taken in Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee Jan. 29: Running Start textbook and transportation bill heard in Senate Early Learning
SSB 6261 Modifying eligibility for state need grants Jan. 31: Referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee Jan. 23: Apprenticeships and college affordability topics of Senate Higher Education
 SSB 6486 Expanding registered apprenticeship programs Feb. 8: Placed on second reading Jan. 23: Apprenticeships and college affordability topics of Senate Higher Education
SB 6514/HB 2513 Concerning suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education, with enhanced services to student veterans Feb. 8: Passed Senate 48-0 Jan. 30: Mental health and suicide prevention bill heard

Coming up next week

The Legislature will spend this weekend and early next week in caucus and on the floor as floor cutoff arrives Wednesday. This date means bills need to be voted out of their originating chamber by 5 p.m. Wednesday in order to continue in the legislative process.

Last Modified: 2/9/18 4:21 PM
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