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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. >>

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. >>

College system supported bills on transcripts, computer science bachelor's degrees, supporting students experiencing homelessness pass Legislature

April 09, 2021

The House and Senate spent the bulk of the week debating and voting on bills ahead of Sunday's chamber cutoff deadline. Highlighting the week: The community and technical college system's requested bill that would prohibit school districts from withholding students' official grades and transcripts due to an unpaid fee or fine passed the Senate; The bill allowing community and technical colleges to offer bachelor's degrees in computer science passed the House; The bill expanding the Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness pilot passed the Senate. >>

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. >>

Computer science bachelor's degree bill, Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness program update heard in Senate higher education committee

February 05, 2021

Committees continued their work this week taking public testimony on bills, listening to work sessions and voting bills out of committee. The House Education Committee on Thursday voted HB 1176, the bill that would prohibit school districts from withholding a student's official grades and transcripts because of an unpaid fee or fine, out of the committee. >>

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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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 or email us a

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