State Relations

Governor Signs Remaining WA Learns Bills — Budgets on May 15

At a ceremony yesterday morning at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Governor Gregoire signed a number of education bills, including most of the remaining higher education bills related to her Washington Learns initiative.  Specific measures enacted into state law include:

  • E2SSB 5098 which establishes the College Bound Scholarship program for low income students identified in the 7th grade who complete high school with a C average and have no felony convictions.
  • ESHB 1179 which expands eligibility for the state need grant to students attending college less than part-time.
  • SSB 5731 which establishes a committee on the education of students in high demand fields.

Sources also indicate that the Governor will take action on the biennial operating, capital and transportation budgets next Tuesday May 15 — the last official day to take action on legislation enacted during the 2007 legislative session.