Done and done.

With the last bill signing ceremony for the (most recent) legislative session concluded yesterday, we can finally take a look at some of the bills affecting higher education that survived the legislative process:



Bill Subject Area / Effect Status


SB 5982 Creates the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation to pursue industry-university research for use by aerospace firms, to enhance the education of engineering students, and to identify research needs and opportunities to transfer off-the-shelf technologies. The center operates enter under the joint authority of the UW and WSU; all baccalaureate institutions will have access to the center in order to meet aerospace industry needs.


Effective 6/7/12
HB 2799 Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success pilot project.  Teams six colleges of education with six low-performing schools in a multi-year


Effective 6-7-12


SB 5991 Extends mandatory child abuse reporting requirements to specified employees of institutions of higher education. Effective 6-7-12
HB 2313 Requires governing boards to provide time for public comment at each meeting and to make public and allow comment on proposals for tuition and fee increases 21 days before considering adoption. Effective 6-7-12


HB 2259 Minimizes the regulatory burden on institutions of higher education by eliminating reporting requirements that are duplicative of federal reporting requirements. Effective 6-7-12
HB 2328 Lifts the limit of two job order contracts per year over $350,000 and expands the use of job order contracts to comprehensives. Effective 6-7-12
HB 2452 DES to adopt rules that exempt some contracts from competitive bidding: purchases from master contracts; contracts determined by the director as not appropriate or cost-effective for competitive solicitation; intergovernmental agreements awarded to any governmental entity; and contracts for services necessary to the conduct of collaborative research if it is a condition of granting funds. Effective 1-1-13
HB 2585 Exempts universities from some competitive contracting requirements for goods and services purchases and personal service contracts under $100,000, and also for travel arrangements. Allows universities to buy maintenance contracts and to require that wages be paid using direct deposit or alternate methods. Effective 6-7-12

Financial Aid

HB 2254 Makes the Passport to College Promise permanent, expands goals to include high school graduation of foster youth. Effective 7-1-12
SB 6121 Requires the office of student financial assistance to provide financial aid counseling curriculum for institutions of higher education.  

Effective 6-7-12



HB 2483 Reconstitutes the HECB as the Student Achievement Council, a state agency with 9 voting members. The SAC will propose state higher ed goals; track progress; conduct research and analysis; administer financial aid; and advocate for higher education. A legislative Joint Committee on Higher Education will review the work of SAC.


Effective 6-7-12

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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