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Capital budget passes, system-request bill heard as committee hearings continue

Capital budget passes, system-request bill heard as committee hearings continue

January 19, 2018

The Legislature passed a capital budget for the 2018-20 biennium Thursday night, providing funding for building projects, minor repairs, and maintenance and operations throughout the college system. The $4.2 billion budget is expected to be signed by Gov. Inslee as soon as today. Also this week, committees continued taking testimony on bills affecting community and technical colleges. The House Appropriations Committee took up the system-requested bill that would add Washington residents between the ages of 25 to 44 who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent in the Caseload Forecast Council's forecasting. The council would also forecast the number of students expected to enroll in college basic education for adults courses. Committees also took up bills allowing colleges to use local funds for salaries, supporting students in apprenticeship programs, students experiencing homelessness, dual credit, and mental health. >>

Higher education a hot topic as Legislature kicks off 2018 session

January 12, 2018

The Legislature kicked off the 2018 session Monday with a changed political landscape. Voters in the 45th Legislative District elected Manka Dhingra giving Democrats a one-vote majority in the Senate. The change in the chamber's majority meant changes in agendas, leadership, committee charges and committee membership. It also means Democrats control the both houses of the Legislature and the governorship, making it more likely bills supported by the party will pass and become law. >>

Legislature to adjourn, special session begins Monday

April 21, 2017

The Legislature's regular session is scheduled to end Sunday, but with no budget deal in place, Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that he will call a special session to begin Monday at 10 a.m. The Democratic-led House and the Republican-led Senate are at odds over how to pay for the Supreme Court's McCleary K-12 school school-funding case. >>

Legislative session kicks off with ceremony, committee hearings

January 13, 2017

The Legislature kicked off its 2017 session this week with plenty of ceremony, including elected officials taking their oaths of office and Governor Inslee delivering his second inaugural address. Committee hearings also began with testimony on the governor’s proposed budgets and work sessions on topics affecting the community and technical college system. >>

Senate recognizes VanAusdle, budget negotiations continue

March 04, 2016

House and Senate members spent much of their week on the floor, debating and voting on bills before today’s opposite chamber cutoff deadline. Bills that originated in the opposite chamber must be voted out of the opposing chamber by 5 p.m. Fiscal committees also continued their work, hearing and voting on bills related to the budget, as writers continued negotiations on the supplemental capital and operating budgets. >>

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