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Operating budget, House capital budget proposals released

February 23, 2024

House and Senate budget writers released their versions of the operating budget over the weekend, holding hearings Monday. House capital budget writers also released their version of that budget early this week, following the Senate version released last week. That proposal was heard in committee Tuesday. >>

Senate capital budget released, committees resume work with opioid education, Running Start expansion, FAFSA rollout on agendas

February 16, 2024

House and Senate committees got back to work this week as the session reached its House of Origin cutoff deadline Tuesday. That's the self-imposed date in which bills need to be passed by the chamber in which they started in order to continue in the legislative process. The Senate released its version of the capital budget yesterday, with the Ways and Means Committee hearing testimony on the proposal that afternoon. Elsewhere, legislators heard about the impacts of the delayed FAFSA release and took testimony on the opioid and fentanyl education bill and a Running Start expansion bill. >>

Financial aid, free college bills moving after first cutoff

February 02, 2024

The Legislature reached its first cutoff deadline of the 2024 session Wednesday, when bills needed to be voted out of their policy committees to continue in the legislative process. Community and technical college system-supported bills are moving, including ones on financial aid support, expanding financial aid opportunities, and tuition-free college. >>

Committees hear tuition-free college, financial aid support bills

January 26, 2024

House and Senate policy committees continued their work this week hearing bills with potentially big impacts on colleges and college-going students in Washington state. On dockets were bills that would make college tuition free for graduates of the state's public high schools and expanding a financial aid outreach pilot throughout the state. >>

Dual credit, financial support, Career Connect bills heard as session ends third week

January 27, 2023

Legislators this week continued committee hearings, taking up bills on Career Connect Washington, dual credit, the College Bound Scholarship, campus decarbonization plans, corrections education and creating a Native American scholarship program. The House Postsecondary Education and Workforce Committee held a work session Wednesday taking a deeper dive into students' basic needs. >>

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