Legislative bill update

CWU HIGHER EDUCATION BILL WATCH

April 10, 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. Conference means the House and Senate are trying to figure out which version of the bill should go forward.

BILL SUBJECT AREA STATUS
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
SB 5442 Three-year degree programs <Governors office
HB 1089 Before requiring a student to return education materials produced in a specialized format, a university must determine it is not required to allow a student to keep the materials. Senate Rules
HB 1586 Authorizes UW and WSU to develop doctoral programs at branch campuses. Senate Rules
HB 1808 PBIs must

· develop a master list of courses that can be fulfilled by achieving a qualifying score on proficiency exams or by meeting demonstrated competencies.

· publicize a list of credits or courses that OSPI can distribute to school districts.

HECB must publish on its website the agreed-upon list of high school courses qualifying for postsecondary credit and the exam scores and demonstrated competencies meeting postsecondary requirements.

<Governors office
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. <Governors office
SB 5636 Assigns management and leadership of the University Center of North Puget Sound to WSU, which must collaborate with the University

Center at Everett Community College and other

university partners that offer baccalaureate degrees there to create a Coordinating and Planning Council and develop a strategic plan. The plan be completed and submitted to the legislature by Dec. 1, 2012.

< Conference
ESB 5764 Creates Innovate Washington, which includes the Washington clean energy partnership as a programmatic activity. < Conference
BUSINESS
SB 5516 Allowing advance payments for equipment maintenance services for institutions of higher education. < House Rules
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. < Governor
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. <Conference
K-12 EDUCATION TEACHER PREP
HB 1600 Elementary math specialists Senate Rules
HB 1710 Career & technical education <Conference
TUITION
HB 1795

SB 5915

2011-2014 allows universities tuition authority but they must support financial aid that mitigates tuition increases for students with incomes up to 125 percent of the median family income (MFI).

2013-2019 allows CWU to increase tuition > 9% per year if 1.) the university provides financial aid that eliminates the effects of the increase beyond 9% for students incomes below 125% of MFI and 2.) achieves prescribed performance goals.

$ House Ways & Means

$Senate 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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