State Relations

January 15, 2007

Week Two Preview

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday for some but a regular workday for the 60th legislature and the beginning of week two of the 2007 legislative session.

At 1:30 p.m. today in the Senate Higher Education Committee, UW President Mark Emmert is scheduled to appear to discuss the findings of our “Meeting the Global Challenge” report which was published in November 2006.  The Washington Student Lobby and Washington State University are also scheduled to appear.

The House Higher Education Committee has scheduled a work session at the same time on “Higher Education Articulation, Transitions, and Transferability.”  The HECB and SBCTC are scheduled to make presentations.

On Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., the House Capital Budget Committee will begin hearing presentations on higher education capital budget requests.  The regional institutions are scheduled to make 20 to 30 minute presentations.

On Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., the Senate Higher Education Committee will hear presentations from the leaders of the state’s regional four year institutions.  At the same time, the House Higher Education Committee will hold a work session on “Entrance Standards, Testing, and Remediation.”

On Thursday at 8:00 a.m., the House Capital Committee will hear a presentation on capital budget requests from the UW and WSU.  In addition, the committee will hold a panel discussion on the recently completed HECB study on higher education needs in the North Snohomish, Island and Skagit county region.

At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, the House Higher Education Committee will hold a work session on “Accountability” in higher education.  At the same time, the Senate Higher Education Committee will hear presentations from the Prosperity Partnership, the Washington Business Roundtable, the Technology Alliance and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.