State Relations

January 19, 2007

Viaduct and Sonics Debates Provide Lively Distractions

A lot of what happens in Olympia during the first few weeks of session isn’t really all that glamorous.  Lots of meetings, committee hearings and endless walking between buildings in the rain (and snow) often leads to a familiar monotony.  You nod to legislators, staff and other lobbyists as you rush from one place to

January 17, 2007

North Snohomish Higher Education Debate Takes Center Stage

Yesterday, Senator Jean Berkey (D-Everett) introduced a bill (SB 5322) which would require the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to help with the initial development of an independent, four-year higher education institution in the Snohomish-Island-Skagit county region with a polytechnic orientation.  The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Shin, Haugen, Schoesler, Hobbs, Kilmer and Marr. Reaction to the

January 15, 2007

Week Two Preview

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday for some but a regular workday for the 60th legislature and the beginning of week two of the 2007 legislative session. At 1:30 p.m. today in the Senate Higher Education Committee, UW President Mark Emmert is scheduled to appear to discuss the findings of our “Meeting

January 12, 2007

UW Debt Authority Bill Gets Sponsors

Sen. Karen Fraser (D-Olympia), Vice Chair for Capital on the Senate Ways and Means Committee and Rep. Bill Fromhold (D-Vancouver) Chair of the House Capital Budget Committee have agreed to sponsor the UW’s local debt authority bills in their respective chambers. The legislation would expand the UW and WSU’s ability to issue bonds or other

January 9, 2007

“State of the State” Hits Strong Higher Ed Notes

Governor Gregoire delivered her “State of the State” address to a packed chamber of legislators, statewide elected officials, Supreme Court justices, three former Governors and a myriad of other dignataries in Olympia this evening.  Among much pomp and circumstance, the Governor was greeted by several minutes of enthusiastic applause and cheers from the assembled Senators and

UW Faculty in Olympia

It’s only the first week of the legislative session, but UW faculty are already making their mark in the state capital. Tomorrow, Oceanography professor Miles Logsdon will make a presentation to the Select Committee on Puget Sound titled “Introduction to the Puget Sound and Its Environment.”  The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room E.

January 8, 2007

Session Begins!

Today is January 8 and the first day of the 2007 legislative session.  On a personal note, this is my 20th legislative session, fourth with the UW.  It’s really my 24th session if you count my four and a half years in the state of California. Every year on the first day of session, I’m always

January 5, 2007

Jim Clements Appointed to Replace Sen. Alex Deccio

Yakima County commissioners agreed with local Republican precinct committee officers today and appointed Rep. Jim Clements (R-Selah) to replace Sen. Alex Deccio (R-Yakima) in the Washington State Senate.  Clements, who announced earlier this year he would not run for re-election to his House seat served in the legislature from the 14th district for 12 years. Deccio announced

January 4, 2007

Top Lawmakers Preview 2007 Session

Yesterday, Governor Gregoire and key state legislative leaders met with state capital reporters at the annual Associated Press “pre-session” forum in Olympia.  The 105-day session begins next Monday January 8, and most of the discussion at yesterday’s gathering focused on writing the $30 billion biennial operating budget. Democratic leaders Rep. Frank Chopp (D-Seattle) and Sen. Lisa Brown (D-Spokane) predicted

January 2, 2007

Women Rule in Washington State Politics

Happy New Year to all Capitol Update blog readers.  It’s cold, wet and rainy in Olympia today which can mean only one thing — the legislative session is just around the corner. Here’s an interesting story from David Ammons of the Associated Press and the dean of Olympia political reporters that stems from a new ranking

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