State Relations

February 11, 2020

News from Olympia: Legislative session day 30, higher education investments preserved

It’s week five and just like Winter Quarter, session is halfway over. Today is the last day for bills to pass out of the fiscal committee in their house of origin. Bills must move out of their house of origin and into the opposite chamber by 5 p.m. next Wednesday, Feb. 19 in order to…


January 31, 2020

News from Olympia: Legislative session day 19, UW Regents meet with legislators

It’s week three and the legislature is quickly approaching policy committee cutoff. Next Friday, Feb. 7, is the last day to pass bills out of policy committee in their house of origin. Here are some highlights from the past two weeks: UW Regents visit Olympia for public higher education’s Regents & Trustees Day On Wednesday,…


January 16, 2020

News from Olympia: Legislative session day 4, Rep. Laurie Jinkins sworn in as Speaker of the House

Washington State’s 2020 legislative session started on Monday, Jan. 13 and took off running. This 60-day (short) session is scheduled to last until March 12 and is focused on the supplemental budget, which applies fixes to the biennial budget passed last legislative session. Some of the big legislative topics will include transportation, homelessness, behavioral health,…


December 19, 2019

Governor Inslee releases proposed 2020 supplemental budgets

Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee released his proposed supplemental budgets, which focus on making fixes to the biennial operating and capital budgets passed last legislative session. The Governor’s proposal includes necessary fixes for the UW, including: $1M in predesign funding for phase 2 of the Magnuson Health Science Center replacement/renovation; The reappropriation of conditional wage increases…


December 16, 2019

The UW’s 2020 Legislative Agenda

The UW and UW Medicine are thankful for the historic investments the legislature made in 2019 through the biennial operating and capital budgets and the Workforce Education Investment Act. The 2019 legislative session was monumental for higher education and our students. The Washington State 2020 legislative session begins Jan. 13 and is a 60 day…


December 12, 2019

Health Care Oversight Committee holds work session at Harborview

Yesterday, legislators on the Joint Select Committee on Health Care Oversight traveled to Harborview Medical Center to participate in their final work session prior to the start of the 2020 legislative session. They received updates on the implementation of Cascade Care and transition of the All-Payer Claims Database, as well as an overview of the…


November 25, 2019

House of Representatives and Senate hold Committee Assembly days

Last week, legislators from around the state traveled to Olympia for their 2019 Committee Assembly days to hold work sessions and plan for the 2020 legislative session. On Wednesday, Jacqueline Butin, Social Work Supervisor at Harborview Medical Center, joined representatives from the Washington State Hospital Association and Providence for a work session in the Senate…


November 4, 2019

Olympia staffers participate in the UW’s Stop the Bleed training

Legislative and security staff participated in Stop the Bleed training led by Harborview Medical Center’s Dr. Eileen Bulger and Maria Paulsen, RN. Staff were trained to become an immediate responder to bleeding injuries, which can happen anywhere and are the leading cause of preventable death in multiple casualty events. Instructors worked with staff until they…


October 14, 2019

Plans announced for a new medical education building in Spokane

The UW School of Medicine and Gonzaga University will open a new center for medical education, health sciences and innovation on Gonzaga’s campus in Spokane in 2022. This exciting project is made possible through a public-private partnership with McKinstry, who will design, build and manage the $60 million 80,000 square foot building. UW President Ana…


September 4, 2019

UW’s new population health sciences building on track for completion

Sen. David Frockt helped celebrate the placing of the final beam in the UW’s new center for population health sciences – a significant milestone in a project that has consistently been on time and on budget. At the UW, we believe improving population health worldwide is a moral imperative, driven by our public mission of…


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