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Fiscal committees wrap up work as Legislature reaches its second cutoff

March 01, 2019

House and Senate fiscal committees held marathon hearings this week, hearing and voting on bills before the fiscal committee cutoff today. Today's cutoff means that bills with financial impact need to be voted out of those committees in order to continue in the legislative process. Testimony is encouraged to be short and focuses on a bill's fiscal significance, not policy. >>

System-request bills moving as Legislature reaches first cutoff

February 22, 2019

House and Senate policy committees wrapped up their work this week as the Legislature reached its first cutoff of the session. Bills need be voted out of their policy committees today in order to continue in the legislative process. The House versions of both college system-requested bills saw action this week. HB 1714 — granting a high school diploma to students over the age of 16 who complete an associate degree — was voted out of the House Education Committee on Feb. 19 and referred to Rules for possible floor action. SHB 1715 — removing the ability of a K-12 school district to withhold a student’s grades or transcripts because of unpaid fines or fees — was also voted out of the House Education Committee on Feb. 19. >>

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