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Committee work wraps up and floor action begins as Legislature enters its final stretch

April 12, 2019

With just over three weeks to go in the regular session, negotiators from the House and Senate are hard at work hammering out details of the operating, capital and transportation budgets. The Legislature reached its fifth cutoff Tuesday when bills with fiscal implications needed to be voted out of fiscal committees in order to continue in the legislative process. >>

All about the budget this week as Legislature passes another cutoff

April 05, 2019

This week marked a major milestone in the 2019 legislative session. Both chambers have now passed their operating budgets — the House on March 29 and the Senate on April 4. The two chambers will soon begin the conference committee process to hammer out the differences between the two budgets. Wednesday was the deadline for bills from the opposite chamber to be voted out of policy committees in order to continue in the legislative process. >>

Hearings resume as Legislature passes House of Origin cutoff Wednesday

March 15, 2019

The House and Senate wrapped up voting bills out of their originating chamber Wednesday ahead of the House of Origin cutoff. Bills, unless necessary to implement the budget, need to be voted out of the House or Senate in order to continue in the legislative process. Committee hearings resumed Thursday with the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee taking up the community and technical college system's requested bill HB 1714, which would grant a high school diploma to students over the age of 16 who complete an associate degree. >>

College system request bills moving ahead of floor cutoff deadline

March 08, 2019

The House and Senate spent the past week on the floor voting bills out of their chambers ahead of Wednesday's house of origin cutoff deadline. System requested bills HB 1714 — which would grant a high school diploma to students over the age of 16 who complete an associate degree — and SHB 1715 — which would remove the ability of a K-12 school district to withhold a student’s grades or transcripts because of unpaid fines or fees — both passed the House this week. >>

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