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Legislature reaches second policy cutoff, budget proposals moving

February 28, 2020

The House and Senate released their operating budget proposals Monday, holding hearings that afternoon. The House also released its version of the capital budget, holding a hearing on Tuesday. Policy committees were also back at work this week following last Wednesday's house of origin cutoff date. They worked fast, hearing and voting on bills to meet today's policy committee cutoff. >>

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. >>

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. >>

Career Connect Washington and Washington Promise Scholarship bills highlight the session's second week

January 25, 2019

Committee work continued this week as representatives and senators took up hot topics affecting community and technical colleges and students. House and Senate higher education committees heard governor-requested bills on Career Connect Washington and the Washington College Promise Scholarship at their Tuesday hearings. >>

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