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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. >>

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. >>

Policy committees back at work following first floor cutoff

February 21, 2020

The Legislature reached a major milestone Wednesday when bills had to be voted out of their chamber of origin to continue in the legislative process. Bills on allowing students to use the Dual Enrollment Scholarship program to buy apprenticeship materials, prohibiting colleges from withholding transcripts as a means of debt collection and hiring practices related to sexual misconducted passed their chambers, while bills on corrections education, college employee housing and uniform reporting of college fiscal details all died. >>

2020 session kicks off with budget hearings and corrections education bill

January 17, 2020

The Washington state Legislature kicked off the short 60-day session Monday, picking up where it left off following the 2019 session. Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his State of the State address, while fiscal committees began their work hearing his budget proposals. Policy committees held a work session on dual credit costs and took up bills on corrections education and transcript withholding due to fines. >>

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