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Hearings resume as Legislature passes House of Origin cutoff Wednesday

March 15, 2019

The House and Senate wrapped up voting bills out of their originating chamber Wednesday ahead of the House of Origin cutoff. Bills, unless necessary to implement the budget, need to be voted out of the House or Senate in order to continue in the legislative process. Committee hearings resumed Thursday with the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee taking up the community and technical college system's requested bill HB 1714, which would grant a high school diploma to students over the age of 16 who complete an associate degree. >>

College system request bills moving ahead of floor cutoff deadline

March 08, 2019

The House and Senate spent the past week on the floor voting bills out of their chambers ahead of Wednesday's house of origin cutoff deadline. System requested bills HB 1714 — which would grant a high school diploma to students over the age of 16 who complete an associate degree — and SHB 1715 — which would remove the ability of a K-12 school district to withhold a student’s grades or transcripts because of unpaid fines or fees — both passed the House this week. >>

Fiscal committees wrap up work as Legislature reaches its second cutoff

March 01, 2019

House and Senate fiscal committees held marathon hearings this week, hearing and voting on bills before the fiscal committee cutoff today. Today's cutoff means that bills with financial impact need to be voted out of those committees in order to continue in the legislative process. Testimony is encouraged to be short and focuses on a bill's fiscal significance, not policy. >>

System-request bills moving as Legislature reaches first cutoff

February 22, 2019

House and Senate policy committees wrapped up their work this week as the Legislature reached its first cutoff of the session. Bills need be voted out of their policy committees today in order to continue in the legislative process. The House versions of both college system-requested bills saw action this week. HB 1714 — granting a high school diploma to students over the age of 16 who complete an associate degree — was voted out of the House Education Committee on Feb. 19 and referred to Rules for possible floor action. SHB 1715 — removing the ability of a K-12 school district to withhold a student’s grades or transcripts because of unpaid fines or fees — was also voted out of the House Education Committee on Feb. 19. >>

2 Legislative cutoffs down, 4 to go

February 09, 2018

As the 3rd cutoff for the session is fast approaching next Wednesday, it also reminds me also that we are halfway through the session and my internship with the State Board. The short session, though, hasn’t stopped the enthusiasm for change in our state. >>

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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 381,000 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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