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October 23, 2017

Interim Highlights Update

Since the conclusion of the longest legislative session in Washington state history in July, the State Relations team has been using the interim as an opportunity to engage members, legislative staff, industry partners, and the campus community. House Commerce & Gaming Visit to South Lake Union In partnership with UW Medicine, our team organized a…


July 27, 2017

Legislature Adjourns After 193-Day Session

Last Thursday marked the end of the 2017 State Legislative Session, which included three special sessions and lasted a record 193 days in total.  While the session included a number of victories for the UW, the Legislature adjourned last night without passing a compromise 2017-19 capital budget. To read more about the session and impacts…


July 5, 2017

17-19 Biennial State Operating Budget Signed Into Law

Late Friday night, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the 17-19 biennial compromise state operating budget (SSB 5883). Given the historic challenge in this session to fully fund basic education across the state of Washington, we’re proud that many of the legislative priorities of the University of Washington are reflected in the final budget. For detailed…


April 26, 2017

Post-Session & 17-19 Capital Budget Highlights

Time has flown by as the State Relations team has finished the 2017 regular session, which officially concluded Sunday, April 23. Here are a few highlights as we head into special session: We are excited to announce that Governor Jay Inslee signed into law our “critical care roster” legislation (SB 5631) on Tuesday. To read…


March 29, 2017

House 2017-19 Operating Budget Highlights

Following the release of the Senate operating budget, the House released their operating budget (HB 1067) proposal yesterday afternoon. For further details about the House proposed budget and its impact on the university, read the House Operating Budget brief prepared by the UW Office of Planning & Budgeting. Key investments in the House budget proposal…


March 22, 2017

Senate 2017-19 Operating Budget Highlights

Coming off the heels of the March revenue forecast, the Senate dropped their operating budget (SB 5048) proposal yesterday morning. To read more details about how the budget would affect UW, check out the Operating Budget brief prepared by the UW Office of Planning & Budgeting. There are notable wins and concerns to work through…


March 2, 2017

Update from State Relations: Floor Action

Members of both the House and Senate have wrapped up initial committee hearings and are now spending time on their respective floors debating and casting their votes on various pieces of legislation. Here are a few priority bills for the university that have passed either the Senate or House so far: The “critical care” bill…


February 20, 2017

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 43

The State Relations team has been working overtime coming off of policy cutoff last Friday and gearing up for fiscal cutoff on Friday, February 24! Here are a few highlights from our past couple of weeks: To date, we’ve successfully passed the critical care roster reauthorization bill out of both the House and Senate Higher…


February 8, 2017

President Ana Mari Cauce visits Olympia—February 7

President Ana Mari Cauce visited Olympia yesterday to continue her outreach to members in the House and Senate regarding the University’s 2017 legislative priorities, as well as engage with students and alumni for State Need Grant advocacy day and Huskies on the Hill. Here are highlights from President Cauce’s visit: President Cauce participated in the…


February 3, 2017

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 26

We are nearing completion of our first full month in session! Here are a few highlights: On Thursday, January 26, Dr. Chuck Murray from UW Medicine facilitated a presentation on cell regeneration to members of the Legislature. UW faculty representative, JoAnn Taricani testified in support of HB 1561 regarding textbooks and open educational resources (OER)…


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