Too soon to count down to “sine die?”

With less than a month of the legislative session left the end looks further away than ever. On April 24 the legislature is supposed to adjourn “sine die,” Latin for “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.” But with budgets still to be written and key legislation pending, there are many many more meetings to come before this session ends.

Here’s where some key legislation is after last Friday’s deadline. Remember: anything that says “dead” may rise again with the appropriate procedural vote.

CWU HIGHER EDUCATION BILL WATCH

March 27, 2011

A< means a bill has moved forward in the legislative process since the last edition of the Bill Watch. By March 25 bills had to have moved forward to a Rules committee or Ways & Means committee in order to remain viable.

BILL SUBJECT AREA STATUS
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
SB 5442 Three-year degree programs <House Rules
HB 1089 Instructional materials <Senate Rules
HB 1586 Doctorates/branch campuses <Senate Rules
HB 1808 Postsecondary credit <Senate Rules
HB 1524 International Baccalaureate Senate Rules
HB 1822 Establishes Western Governors University-Washington as a Washington baccalaureate degree-granting institution that is self-supporting. The HECB must work with WGUW to create data-sharing processes and performance assessments. <Senate Rules
SB 5636

HB 1792

Assigns management of the University Center at Everett CC to WSU. BY July 1, 2013 WSU must develop a plan to expand the range of educational opportunities, including undergraduate and graduate engineering degree programs It must be completed by July 1, 2013. Contingent on HECB recommendations WSU takes over July 1, 2014. <House Ways & Means

Senate Higher Ed Dead

ESB 5764 Creates Innovate Washington, which includes the Washington clean energy partnership as a programmatic activity. <House Ways & Means
HB 1954 Requires the HECB, prior to each academic year, to identify which programs qualify as public interest degrees for which students may enroll at reduced tuition rates. Establishes the joint select legislative task force on public interest degrees. House Higher Ed Dead
BUSINESS
SB 5516 Allowing advance payments for equipment maintenance services for institutions of higher education. House Ways & Means
SB 5519 Public contracting authority House State Govt Dead
SB 5521 Addresses commercialization of state university technology. House State Govt Dead
CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION / FACILITIES
HB 1497 Construction budget for 2011-13 House Capital Budget
EMPLOYMENT / HUMAN RESOURCES
HB 1625 The default investment option for the defined contribution account of a member of PERS 3, TRS 3, or SERS 3 who does not select an investment option is changed from the State Investment Board’s Total Asset Portfolio to the Retirement Strategy Fund with the target date closest to the retirement target date of the member. Senate Rules
SB 5860 Reduces wages for state employees. $ Senate Ways & Means
HB 1981 Adds positions covered by the Higher Education Retirement Plan (HERP) to those included in the postretirement employment pension restrictions for PERS, TRS, the School Employees’ Retirement System, and the Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System. Limits the employees to whom baccalaureates may offer the HERP to faculty and senior academic administrator employees. Provides new employees the option of joining the TRS Plan 3 or PERS Plan 3. Limits state funding for the HERP plans to 6 percent of salary. House Ways & Means
EDUCATION GOVERNANCE
SB 5639 Higher ed not included. OSPI retained. Creates the Department of Education, which includes the WSSB and the CDHL. Abolishes the DEL, SBE, PESB, QEC, ELAC, AGOAC, OEO, and WSSDA are abolished. Establishes the WA State Ed Council to study integration of K-20 governance. $ Senate Ways & Means
HB 1849 Creates the Washington State Education Council (WSEC) to develop recommendations for restructuring the state entities with responsibilities for early learning, K-12 education, and postsecondary education. A preliminary progress report is due by January 5, 2012, and a final report is due by December 5, 2012. $ Senate Early Learning
FINANCIAL AID
SSB 5749 Regarding the Washington advanced college tuition payment (GET) program. <House Ways & Means
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
SB 5553 Governing bodies of public agencies must posted agendas and proposed rules 72 hours before a meeting. The agenda and rules of all special or emergency meetings must be posted 24 hours before a meeting. Meeting minutes must be posted within 15 business days after adoption. All postings must remain on the website for one calendar year. House State Govt Dead
K-12 EDUCATION TEACHER PREP
HB 1600 Elementary math specialists <Senate Rules
HB 1522 Credit for prior learning Senate Higher Ed Dead
HB 1710 Career & technical education <Senate Rules
TUITION
HB 1795 Allows universities tuition authority for four years. $ House Ways & Means
HB 1666

SB 5717

Implements higher ed funding task force recommendations; links tuition to Global Challenge States; includes new transfer and articulation requirements; adopts National Governors Association Complete to Compete performance measures. $ House Ways & Means

$ Senate Ways & Means

$ Bills exempt from legislative deadlines because they are considered necessary to implement the budget.

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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 schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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