Legislative Session Reaches First Cutoffs

The end of February marks the first deadlines for bills to pass out of their respective policy and fiscal committees in the house of origin in order to receive further consideration. Over the past two weeks COP has weighed in on a variety of bills related to student financial aid, campus sexual violence, capital projects, and more. Check out our bill tracker list for more information.

Also this week the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus released revised numbers for their proposal to fully fund the state’s K-12 school system while the House passed its education funding proposal. Both chambers are working to meet obligations related to the state Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary v. State ruling

On Wednesday Governor Inslee signed his first bill – SB 5079 – into law. The legislation expands dental care on tribal lands.

On Thursday alumni from all six of the public baccalaureates travelled to Olympia from around the state to jointly advocate for higher education. Alumni met with members of both parties to discuss and express support for many of the elements in our joint Washington Competes proposal and to share the value of postsecondary education to their local businesses and communities.

Also on Thursday the state Senate unanimously passed SB 5764, which exempts survivor communications with, and records maintained by, campus-affiliated advocates from public record disclosure requirements, except in certain circumstances. This is one of the recommendations from the Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force created in 2015 and staffed by COP.

Finally, COP would like to congratulate Columbia Basin College President Dr. Rich Cummins on his recent selection as the chancellor of Western Governor’s University Washington.

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