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Budget proposals released, Senate honors Yoshiwara, session passes another cutoff

February 25, 2022

Following last week's strong state revenue forecast announcement, House and Senate budget writers Monday released their versions of the supplemental operating budget. The House also released its version of the capital budget. The Senate honored Jan Yoshiwara on Tuesday with a resolution ahead of her July 31 retirement, thanking her for her 44 years of service to the community and technical college system. >>

Hearings resume following Tuesday's House of Origin cutoff deadline

February 18, 2022

House and Senate policy committees picked up their work again Wednesday hearing bills from the opposite chamber following Tuesday's House of Origin cutoff deadline. Up this week were bills on apprenticeships, the public service loan forgiveness program, and creating a state student loan program for people from low-income families. >>

Session opens with hearings on student support, financial aid, budgets

January 14, 2022

The Legislature on Monday picked up where it left off in 2021 — remotely. While already planning to hold hearings by Zoom, the House and Senate decided recently to limit the number of people allowed on chambers' floor, close the public galleries, and move floor debates and votes to a hybrid format. >>

2021 Legislative Session Kicks Off in Virtual World

January 15, 2021

The House and Senate gavels came down Monday, marking the start of what will no doubt be a unique legislative session. Legislators arrived in Olympia and, under heavy security called for by Gov. Inslee because of threats of violence, voted to change chamber rules to work remotely for the 105 day session to help maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. >>

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Legislative News is published weekly during the legislative session by the staff of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to highlight issues impacting the two-year college system.

SBCTC is led by a Governor-appointed board and provides leadership, advocacy, and coordination for Washington’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges. Each year, about 337,000 students train for the workforce, prepare to transfer to a university, gain basic math and English skills, or pursue continuing education. Visit our website at SBCTC.edu or email us a SBCTCCommunications@sbctc.edu

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