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…


Legislature heads into overtime

On Friday (April 24), the Legislature adjourned from its regular session. With several critical items left undone, including a 2015-2017 operating budget, Governor Inslee announced he will call the Legislature back into session this Wednesday (April 29). Meanwhile, the Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler has called for the Legislature to finish its work by May 15….


April 20, 2015

You’re invited: Talk and book signing with Boys in the Boat author at State Capitol this Friday

Please join us for an intimate talk this week at the State Capitol with Daniel James Brown, author of “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics.” Brown’s best-selling book tells the story of the University of Washington rowing crew and their path to gold. It…


April 17, 2015

UW Bothell, Tacoma campuses honored in Olympia

On Monday (April 13), Chancellors from UW Bothell and Tacoma campuses, joined by Regent Herb Simon and Interim President Ana Mari Cauce, were on hand for a proclamation signed by Gov. Jay Inslee and a resolution offered in the state Senate to acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the state’s newest public university campuses. UW Tacoma’s Hendrix the Husky was…


April 1, 2015

UW weighs in on State House and Senate budgets

HOUSE OPERATING & CAPITAL BUDGETS On Monday (March 30), UW testified in House Appropriations on the Chair’s operating budget proposal, and in House Capital Budget on the Chair’s capital budget proposal. View the testimony on behalf of the University by Director of State Relations Genesee Adkins in House Appropriations via TVW  here. You can also watch testimony…


March 28, 2015

UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce statement on proposed House budget

The following statement is from University of Washington Interim President Ana Mari Cauce: “I am pleased to see that the House budget begins the critical work of reinvesting in higher education for the benefit of our students and our state. The new funding for faculty and staff compensation, computer science enrollment expansion and medical residencies…


March 20, 2015

A whirlwind week of advocacy for UW and higher education

This week a number of groups traveled to Olympia to advocate for UW legislative priorities and public higher education. On Tuesday, leaders from the UW Computer Science & Engineering Department made the rounds to talk with legislators about the importance of a new Computer Science & Engineering building. This expansion would allow CSE to double the number of…


March 4, 2015

UW Regents advocate for UW and public higher education in Olympia

A group of UW Regents were in Olympia this week to advocate for UW and public higher education. Regents met with a bi-partisan cross-section of state legislators in both the House and Senate. Discussions centered on the state budget and the need for reinvestment in public higher education, as well as medical education and UW’s capital funding requests. The…


March 2, 2015

Approaching session’s mid-way point, legislative action moves from committee to the floor

Today is Day 50 of the 105-day 2015 Regular Session. Legislative cutoff dates signal the ebb and flow of legislative activity, as committee, staff and legislative members’ workloads change in response to the winnowing list of bills still “alive.” Legislative work moves from committee to floor sessions this week, as both policy and fiscal cutoffs on the legislative…


February 19, 2015

Proposal to rapidly expand health care access in Washington state heard in Senate committee

The Senate Health Care committee held a hearing and passed SB 5909 today, a bipartisan proposal intended to comprehensively address the critical need for primary-care access and healthcare-workforce shortages in Washington’s rural and underserved communities. Specifically, the proposal would: Expand the UW School of Medicine and Dentistry in Spokane to train more rural doctors and dentists at…


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