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Legislature concurring on amended bills while awaiting negotiated budgets

April 16, 2021

The Legislature spent this week hearing and voting on bills that received amendments after passing their originating chamber, including the corrections education bill. Budget negotiators are still at work on operating, capital and transportation budget proposals hoping to reach an agreement before Sine Die on April 25. >>

Committee hearings resume as Legislature passes floor cutoff deadline

March 12, 2021

Tuesday marked the House of Origin cutoff, the deadline when bills that started in the House or Senate needed to be voted on by members of the entire chamber. Bills that did not receive a vote or failed to pass, unless a necessary part of the budget, will not move on in the legislative process for the 2021 session. >>

Policy committees finish work ahead of session's first cutoff Monday

February 12, 2021

The Legislature's policy committees wrapped up their work this week ahead of the Monday policy committee cutoff deadline. That date means policy-related bills must be voted out of their committees in order to continue in the legislative process for this session. The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee on Tuesday held its first public hearing of the session for trustee confirmations. From the community and technical college system, committee members heard from Hannah Stoddard, student trustee at Bellevue College, and Athmar Al-ghanim, student trustee at Edmonds College. The committee voted to approve the two appointments later in the hearing. They now move to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. >>

Virtual hearings continue as Legislature wraps up Week 2

January 22, 2021

House and Senate committees continued their virtual work this week, hearing bills on extending the Customized Training Program tax credit, expanding a pilot program serving students experiencing homelessness or who were in foster care, expanding educational opportunities in the state's prisons, and addressing equity and access in community and technical colleges. >>

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