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Less than a week left in session, opioid awareness bill passes Legislature

March 01, 2024 by SBCTC Communications

Today marks the opposite house cutoff deadline, when bills from the opposing chamber need to be approved to continue in the legislative process. Also this week, Monday marked the last fiscal committee cutoff deadline, when bills with a financial impact coming from the other chamber needed to be voted out of those committees to continue.

Opioid, fentanyl awareness bill passes Senate Ways and Means Committee

Feb. 24 — The bill requiring opioid and fentanyl prevention education to students was up for a hearing during Saturday’s Senate Ways and Means Committee hearing. The bill, 2SHB 2112, would also require colleges and universities to provide naloxone and fentanyl test strips, and it would require training and education for staff working in residence halls on the use of naloxone.

“Over the years we've had a lot of conversation with the Legislature about the community and technical colleges transforming lives,” Arlen Harris, legislative director for the State Board, said. “This bill is about saving lives, and with that I encourage your support through the process.”

The committee on Monday unanimously approved the bill, and the full Senate today also unanimously passed the bill. It now heads to Gov. Inslee for his decision.

Trustees confirmed by Senate

The Senate confirmed five trustees to the boards of their colleges this week:

Bill status roundup

The bills listed below have been featured in this year's Legislative News and made it past Monday's opposite house fiscal committee cutoff deadline. This bill status is as of 2 p.m. Friday.

Bill number Bill title Bill status
HB 2084 Establishing an oversight committee to improve construction-related training and pathways to state registered apprenticeships in state correctional facilities Feb. 29: Passed Senate 49-0
HB 2089/SB 5949 Concerning the capital budget Feb. 26: Referred to Rules 2 review.
HB 2104/SB 5950 Making 2023-2025 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations Feb. 24: Referred to Rules 2 review.
HB 2112 Concerning opioid and fentanyl prevention education and awareness at institutions of higher education

March 1: Passed Senate 49-0

HB 2214 Permitting beneficiaries of public assistance programs to automatically qualify as income-eligible for the purpose of receiving the Washington college grant

Feb. 29: Passed Senate 28-20

SB 5670 Providing summer running start for rising juniors Feb. 29: Passed House 92-1
SB 5904 Extending the terms of eligibility for financial aid programs Feb. 29: Passed House 61-35
SB 5949/HB 2089 Concerning the capital budget Feb. 22: Passed Senate 49-0
SB 5950/HB 2104 Making 2023-2025 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations Feb. 24: Passed House 58-37
SB 5953 Concerning financial aid grants for incarcerated students Feb. 29: Passed House 79-17
SB 6296 Establishing a retail industry work group Feb. 27: Passed House 95-0

Coming up next week

Session wraps up Thursday, and members of the House and Senate will spend the remaining days of the session working out any differences between bills that were amended after they left their originating chamber, including the final operating and capital budgets.

Last Modified: 3/1/24, 4:29 PM
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