Legislature adjourns after passing supplemental operating and capital budgets
The Legislature adjourned sine die Thursday evening, with lawmakers passing the 2020 supplemental capital and operating budgets, including $200 million from the state's "rainy day fund" for COVID-19 response.
The final operating budget maintains funding included as part of the Workforce Education Investment Act to the community and technical college system. The budget includes:
- $2.4 million in one-time funding for the Job Skills Program
- Allows flexibility for colleges to use unspent Nurse Educator Salary funding for nursing program equipment
- The Washington Student Achievement Council will convene a task force to propose strategies to eliminate barriers to low-income students participating in dual credit programs like Running Start. The task force will address financial and non-financial barriers.
The capital budget includes funding for community and technical college system projects:
- $20 million for construction of Spokane Falls Community College's Fine and Applied Arts replacement project.
- $275,000 to begin design of Everett Community College's Baker Hall replacement project.
- Authorization to locally finance up to $10 million for South Seattle College's Student Wellness and Fitness Center.
Bill status roundup
The bills listed below have been featured in this year's Legislative News and passed the Legislature.
|Bill number||Bill title||Bill status|
|HB 1702||Informing students of low-cost course materials for community and technical college courses||March 5: Passed Legislature|
|HB 2327||Addressing sexual misconduct at postsecondary educational institutions||March 11: Passed Legislature|
|HB 2513/SB 6140||Prohibiting the practice of transcript withholding and limiting the practice of registration holds at institutions of higher education as debt collection practices||March 10: Passed Legislature|
|HB 2589||Requiring contact information for suicide prevention and crisis intervention organizations on student and staff identification cards||March 3: Passed Legislature|
|HB 2864||Establishing a running start summer school pilot program||March 5: Passed Legislature|
|SB 6141/HB 2523||Expanding access to higher education||March 7: Passed Legislature|
|SB 6168/HB 2325||Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations||March 12: Passed Legislature|
|SB 6248/HB 2324||Concerning the capital budget||March 12: Passed Legislature|
|SB 6374||Concerning apprenticeship materials for dual credit scholarship programs||March 3: Passed Legislature|
|SB 6492||Addressing workforce education investment funding through business and occupation tax reform||Feb. 10: Governor signed|
|SB 6561||Creating the undocumented student support loan program||March 9:|
Trustees confirmed by Senate
The following trustees were confirmed by the Senate this week.
- Brett Willis, Pierce College District, confirmed March 9 (video not online)
- William Warren, Walla Walla Community College, March 9 (video not online)
- Kathryn Bennett, Skagit Valley College, March 9 (video not online)
- Allyson Page, Columbia Basin College, March 10
- Julie McCulloch, Peninsula College, March 12
- Doug Mah, South Puget Sound Community College, March 12
- Janet McDaniel, Cascadia College, March 12
- Fiasili Savusa, Highline College, March 12