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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. >>

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. >>

Running Start costs bill receives public hearing one week before first session cutoff

January 31, 2020

House and Senate committees wrapped up the bulk of their public hearings this week, as the first cutoff of the 2020 session approaches Feb. 7. That cutoff requires bills to be voted out of their assigned policy committee in order to continue in the legislative process. Friday morning, the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee took up a Superintendent of Public Instruction-requested bill that would require colleges to pick up the cost of books and fees for Running Start students. Also up for hearings were bills on college administrative staffing levels and collegiate athlete compensation. >>

Committee hearings continue as Legislature wraps up Week 2

January 24, 2020

The Legislature continued into its second week taking public testimony on bills addressing Workforce Education Investment Act funding. Passed last year, the act created a business and occupation tax surcharge on certain businesses to fund the act's provisions. The Department of Revenue is having difficulty collecting the surcharge. In addition, forecasted demand for the Washington College Grant, created under the Workforce Education Investment Act, is higher than anticipated. The result is a potential funding shortage, which the Legislature is working to address with the two proposals heard this week. >>

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