State Relations

May 10, 2007

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

May 6, 2007

WSU’s New President to Start May 21st

Washington State University’s (WSU) Board of Regents met this past Friday and announced that Elson Floyd will become WSU’s 10th president effective Monday May 21.  Floyd, who was most recently president of the University of Missouri, will succeed V. Lane Rawlins who is stepping down after serving as the school’s president since June 2000. Floyd previously served as executive

May 2, 2007

Rep. John Lovick to Run For Sheriff

Seattle Times political reporter David Postman reports this morning in his blog that Rep. John Lovick (D-Mill Creek) has annouced that he will run this fall for Snohomish County Sheriff.  Lovick should be familiar to many observers of the state legislature since he has served as House Speaker Pro-Tem (presiding officer) for the last several

May 1, 2007

A New Crop of Lawyers in Olympia

The Spring 2007 issue of UW Law has a fascinating cover story on UW Law School alumni serving in the judiciary system, including a great cover shot and profile of the five Washington State Supreme Court justices who are UW law school alums.  This includes Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, Justice Richard Sanders, Justice Bobbe Bridge,

April 30, 2007

How Did Washington Learns Fare During the Legislative Session?

As I mentioned during last Thursday’s campus briefing on the 2007 legislative session, much of the University’s success this year was due to a very strong initial budget provided by Governor Gregoire last December.  But what factors lead to her proposing an operating and capital budget for the UW which was one of the best we have seen in

April 25, 2007

Post Session Update — What’s Next?

It’s day three of the 2007 legislative interim and it’s obvious from this past Monday that my golf game needs a lot of work.  What’s still looking very nice though is the UW’s state budget.  As the Governor and legislative leaders have toured the state visiting major newspaper editorial boards during the past few days,

April 22, 2007

The Fat Lady is Singing

The House of Representatives is debating the 2007-09 operating budget which is the last piece of legislation that this legislature will pass before they adjourn later this evening.  Speeches are breaking down along predictable partisan lines.  Democrats are praising the budget’s spending on schools, social services and the environment.  Republicans are decrying the huge increase

Sad But Somewhat Fitting News

We just learned this afternoon that a legend of Washington State politics has passed away.  John L. O’Brien, who represented the south Seattle area in the legislature from 1939 to 1992 passed away this morning at the age of 95.  It’s somewhat fitting that O;Brien, who spent most of his life in the legislature would

Day 105 Has Finally Arrived

The final day of the 2007 legislative session has finally arrived.  Both the Senate and House convened at 11:00 a.m. and the Senate promptly passed a family leave bill that requires all private and public employers in the state to provide up to five weeks of paid family leave by 2009, but leaves to a

April 21, 2007

One Day to Go

First things first.  In the Spotlight section of the State Relations website, you will find a link to the 2007 Legislative Session Summary.  Hopefully, you will find this to be an informative summary of the operating and capital budgets for the UW as well as a summary of legislation that passed this year affecting the

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