Legislative “Cut-off” Spares Higher Ed Bills

Last Friday was the first in a series of legislative deadlines created to kills bills. Your bill doesn’t move forward by the time the clock strikes 5:00? It’s dead. Or relatively dead. Nothing is ever truly dead until the gavel comes down on the last day of session– or special session.

Following is your updated list of bills after last week’s cutoff for “policy” committees. Bills had to have been voted out of the committee where they started. The next deadline?  A glace at the “cut-off” calendar shows the next key date is March 1. Bills have to move out of the fiscal committees in the chamber where the bill started. The exceptions to the deadlines? Any bill that can be considered “necessary to implement the budget” (and that’s a pretty broad universe).




Welcome to the CWU Bill Watch. This table spotlights bills of particular interest to the university. For comprehensive bill information please see http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/  Bills marked with a * have moved forward in the process since the last bill update.







HB 1320 Requiring an online higher education transfer and student advising system. House Approps
SB 5131 Providing tax incentives for donations of modern laboratory equipment to higher education institutions and vocational skills centers. Senate Ways & Means
HB 1866 Continues state funding for the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation, under the joint operations of the UW and WSU. *House Approps
SB 5180 Establishes a legislative task force on improving access to higher education for students with disabilities. Senate Rules
HB 1858 Requires each institution of higher education to adopt a policy to award academic credit for military training. *House Rules
HB 1669 The BOT must notify students at least six months before establishing a new self-supporting, fee-based degree program or change a state-funded degree program to self support. *House Rules
SB 5559  Authorizing CWU to offer the educational specialist degree. *Senate Rules


HB 1841 Authorizing electronic competitive bidding for state public works contracting House Capital


HB 1405 Creating a competitive grant program for informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. DEAD House Capital
HB 1769


SB 5780

Increases the threshold for minor works projects from $2 million to $5 million, and for predesign from $5 million to $10 million for higher education institutions. Permits the regional universities to enter into financing contracts for real property, that are not subject to allotment or appropriation by the Legislature and are payable only from local fees and revenues. *House Rules


Senate Ways & Means



HB 1739 Requiring guidelines for the percentage of resident, nonresident, and foreign students at institutions of higher education.


House Rules


HB 1453  Allows students carrying 3 quarter credits to be eligible for the State Need Grant *House Approps
HB 1817 Makes some undocumented students eligible for the State Need Grant and the College Bound Scholarship. House Approps
SB 5195  Allowing WGU to participate in the state need grant program. Senate Ways & Means


HB 1208 Establishing a pilot program for the digital college in the high school. DEAD House Education
HB 1872

SB 5755

Establishing a comprehensive initiative to increase learning opportunities and improve educational outcomes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through multiple strategies and statewide partnerships House Approps

*Senate Ways & Means



HB 1043 Removes the authority for public baccalaureate institutions to set differential tuition rates for resident, undergraduate programs


*Senate Higher Ed
SB 5420 Enacts a two-year freeze on tuition IF the state provides no less than $225 million for the six public baccalaureates. *Senate Ways & Means
SB 5421  Declares that the policy of the state is to: 1) Improve the access to and the quality of postsecondary education; and 2) Provide a level of fiscal commitment commensurate with the responsibility of the state to the educational and professional improvement of its citizens


DEAD Senate Higher Ed
SB 5390 Provides incentive funding to institutions that demonstrate improvement on existing performance measures. Requires OFM to convene a “technical incentive funding model task force” to design an incentive funding model to support the incentive program. DEAD Senate Higher Ed
HB 1829 Restricts annual tuition increases for resident, undergraduates to no more than the rate of inflation through the 2018-19 academic year.

Removes the criteria for setting tuition relative to state funding and tuition at similar institutions in the Global Challenges states.

*House Rules
SB 5713 Concerning self-supporting, fee-based programs at PBIs. *Senate Rules
HB 1725  Creating the tuition support fund program. House Approps


HB 1109 Requiring institutions of higher education that offer an early course registration period to provide early registration for eligible veterans and national guard members. *House Rules
SB 5318 Removing the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition. 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 schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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