More than you wanted to know about legislation!

Now that the session has narrowed down the group of bills that are viable, I’ll start updating this bill table regularly. After every legislative deadline, fewer and fewer will be a live. From time to time a new one will pop up. But here’s where we’re starting.


March 4, 2011

This table contains only legislation that may be of significant interest to CWU. In order to remain viable, bills must have been voted out of the chamber in which they originated by March 7. A ü next to a bill means it has moved forward in the process since the previous week.

SB 5442 Three-year degree programs Senate Rules
HB 1089 Instructional materials Senate Higher Ed
HB 1586 Doctorates/branch campuses Senate Higher Ed
HB 1808 Postsecondary credit Senate Higher Ed
HB 1524 International baccalaureate Senate Early Learning
SB 5572 Running start program House Rules
HB 1822

SB 5136

Western Governors University recognized as a Washington baccalaureate degree-granting institution that is self-supporting.

5136 adds that the HECB is required to obtain the approval of the Legislature before allowing students at Western Governors University-Washington to utilize state need grant.

Senate Higher Ed

Senate Floor

SB 5636 WSU Everett – takeover occurs July 1, 2014 if WSU completes a plan for meeting the future academic needs of the region and establishes an engineering degree program at the center. HECB must OK the change. House Higher Ed
HB 1394 “College efficiency and Savings Act” Lifts restrictions on higher education institutions with respect to meetings, personal services contracts, equipment purchases, out-of-state travel, and hiring. House Ways & Means
SB 5516 Allowing advance payments for equipment maintenance services for institutions of higher education. Senate Rules
SB 5517 Exempting institutions of higher education that do not use archives and records management services from payment for those services. Senate Floor
SB 5355 Special agency meetings notice requirements Senate Floor
SB 5268 Meetings higher education groups do not require approval by OFM; PBIs exempt from the restrictions on personal service contracts, equipment acquisition, travel, and employment. Senate Floor
SB 5519 Public contracting authority Senate Floor
SB 5521 Addresses commercialization of state university technology. House State Gov’t
HB 1792 North Puget Sound higher ed House Floor
SB 5569 Post-retirement employment Senate Floor
HB 1625 An offered retirement strategy fund with the retirement date closest to the retirement target date of the member is the default retirement plan for Plan 3 systems House Floor
HB 1742 Alternate early retirement House Ways & Means
HB 1083 Postretirement employment House Ways & Means
HB 1262 Annuities & retirement plans House Ways & Means
SB 5614 Implement the compensation and fringe benefit provisions of bargaining agreements with the University of Washington Senate Floor
SB 5483 Administrative efficiency in student financial aid progs
HB 1288 Advertising on state. agency web sites House Ways & Means
SB 5553 Public agency web site info Senate Floor
SB 5479 High school math & science assessment Senate Early Learning
HB 1600 Elementary math specialists Senate Early Learning
HB 1522 Credit for prior learning Senate Higher Ed
HB 1669 Educational opportunity gap Senate Early Learning
HB 1710 Career & technical education Senate Early Learning
HB 1760 Internship opportunities House Rules
SB 5639

HB 1849

K-12 governance: OSPI retained; OEO. AGOAC, PESB, QEC agencies eliminated; State Dept of Education and P-12 ed council created.

Establishes the WA State Ed Council to study integration of K-20 governance.

Senate Ways & Means

Senate Early Learning

HB 1654 Tuition for excess credits House Higher Ed
HB 1795 Allows universities tuition authority for four years. House Higher Ed
HB 1666

SB 5717

Higher ed funding task force House Ways & Means

Senate Ways & Means


About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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