State Relations

February 5, 2007

Week 4 Preview

The “dog days” of session are upon everyone in Olympia as Senate and House committee meetings are in full swing with dozens of bills scheduled for public hearings each day.

A bill to limit tuition increases to inflation (SB 5013) will be heard this afternoon in the Senate Higher Education Committee.  Expanded waiver authority for Central Washington University and establishment of a new math and science college scholarship program are among the measures scheduled for hearings in the House Higher Education Committee on Monday afternoon.

Both House and Senate labor committees will hear companion measures on Tuesday afternoon which would permit professional staff at the University to affiliate with a union.  On Wednesday morning, the House Higher Education Committee will focus on workforce development issues in a work session while the Senate Higher Education Committee continues working on gubernatorial appointments.

The University’s report on the future of Washington’s forests and forest industrieis will be presented at a meeting of the House Capital Budget Committee on Thursday morning.  Throughout the week, State Relations staff are meeting with individual legislators and committee staffers to promote the Governor’s operating and capital budgets for the University.