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Committees back at work, Running Start, data sharing agreements, student support bills up for hearings

March 17, 2023

In their first full week of hearings after last week's floor cutoff deadline, committees were back at work hearing bills on creating data sharing agreements, expanding Running Start to the summer, and making permanent the Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness program. >>

College system-supported bills moving as session passes halfway mark

March 03, 2023

Thursday marked session's halfway point, and representatives and senators spent the week on the floor debating and voting on bills ahead of Wednesday's floor cutoff deadline. On the docket this week were bills expanding the Washington College Grant and the College Bound Scholarship, as well as making permanent the Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness program. >>

Dual credit, basic needs bills on the docket ahead of today's fiscal committee cutoff

February 24, 2023

House and Senate fiscal committee hearings were long this week but testimony was short as committee members worked to hear and vote on bills ahead of today's fiscal committee cutoff deadline. Following the Feb. 17 policy committee cutoff, the budget-related committees had just this week to complete their work. That meant marathon meetings with time-limited public testimony for committees to work their way through dozens of bills. >>

Week before cutoff, committees hear bills on data sharing, student support

February 10, 2023

House and Senate committees continued their work this week, hearing bills on creating a data-sharing agreement with The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, adding a stipend for students using the Washington College Grant to purchase textbooks and other class materials, expanding the College Bound Scholarship, creating a capital budget matching grant program for the state's independent colleges and universities, and making permanent the Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness program. >>

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