State Relations

April 28, 2015

Governor Inslee signs bill addressing sexual violence on college campuses

Sen. Barbara Bailey and Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles both introduced legislation this session to assess and address sexual assault on college campuses in our state. Governor Inslee signed Sen. Kohl-Welles’ SB 5518 last week, which charges institutions of higher education with developing procedures to address sexual assault. Sen. Bailey’s SB 5719, which creates a sexual assault task force, will be

January 29, 2015

Director of UW’s Clean Energy Institute presents to House committee

Today (Jan. 29), Dan Schwartz, Director of UW’s Clean Energy Institute, appeared before the House Committee on Technology & Economic Development to give an overview of CEI’s pioneering work in the fields of solar generation, energy storage, and systems integration. The CEI was founded in 2013 with a $6 million investment from the Washington legislature, which has the

February 18, 2014

President Young’s statement on the passage of the Real Hope Act

“Today’s action by the State Legislature was a vote of confidence in students and their importance to the future of our state,” said UW President Michael K. Young. “It sends a strong message that an education should be available to absolutely everyone. For years, our state has invested in these students’ success in our K-12

January 8, 2014

2014 legislative session begins January 13, UW releases legislative agenda

The 2014 60-day legislative session starts next Monday (January 13). To learn more about the UW’s 2014 top legislative priorities, you can now read and download the University’s 2014 Legislative Agenda. Here is a quick overview: Priority #1: Preserve the 2014 Resident Undergraduate Tuition Freeze The UW is committed to a continued freeze in 2014

November 20, 2013

This Week in Olympia: Committee Assembly Days, Revenue Forecast

State lawmakers return to Olympia this week for Committee Assembly Days. On Thursday (Nov. 21) and Friday (Nov. 22), legislative members will attend committee hearings to discuss upcoming legislative priorities, and also gather for caucus meetings. To find out what meetings are happening when, check out the legislative calendar here; if you want to follow the action

November 8, 2013

Today in Olympia: Day 2 of Special Session

Today is Day 2 of the 2013 3rd Special Session. This morning, the House Finance Committee approved a proposal (House Bill 2089) to extend tax incentives for Boeing and the aerospace industry. House committee approves Boeing tax incentives, 10-3 http://t.co/u6IFgthUA3 #waleg — TVW (@TVWnews) November 8, 2013 The proposal’s next stops are in committee meetings

November 6, 2013

Governor calls special session for Boeing 777X package

Gov. Jay Inslee announced yesterday (11/5) that he is calling the legislature back for a special session beginning Thursday, Nov. 7, to approve a package aimed at encouraging The Boeing Company to build the 777X airplane in Washington State. The Governor’s Office released a list of the package elements here. Reporting on the Governor’s announcement,

October 1, 2013

State Legislators and staff visit the UW

The Office of State Relations hosted a group of state legislators and staff on campus last Friday (September 27) for a tour of the Institute for Protein Design, a campus tour including the recently renovated Odegaard Undergraduate Library & Learning Commons and the Paul G. Allen Center for Computing & Engineering, and a lunch briefing with

July 9, 2013

Editorial: A proud moment for the state Legislature

In a guest opinion editorial published in The Olympian newspaper, UW President Michael K. Young recognizes state legislators for their work on behalf of higher education in the state budget: I am very proud of our state Legislature. As difficult and protracted as the process was, our legislators passed a state budget that reinvests in

June 4, 2013

State Rep. Steve O’Ban tapped by Pierce County Council to fill Carrell seat

The News Tribune reports: Pierce County Council votes to have Steve O'Ban fill Mike Carrell's state Senate seat. #WAleg — Tacoma News Tribune (@thenewstribune) June 4, 2013 Now it's unanimous 7-0 for O'Ban. — Jordan Schrader (@Jordan_Schrader) June 4, 2013 O’Ban will fill the vacancy left by the recent passing of State Senator Mike Carrell.

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