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OFFICE OF STATE RELATIONS

The 2024 legislative ended on March 7 after the passage of the state’s supplemental operating, capital, and transportation budgets.

2024 Session Outcomes

The Office of State Relations serves as the principal liaison between the University of Washington and state government. Through strong relationships with state elected officials, their offices, and state agencies, we work to advance the University’s mission and legislative priorities. We collaborate closely with the state’s five other public baccalaureate institutions, community and technical colleges, and industry partners to identify shared interests and influence related public policy.

Past Legislative Agendas & Outcomes

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State support is essential to the University’s pursuit of our shared goals: to provide an excellent and accessible education for all Washingtonians, improve the health and sustainability of our state, and promote a prosperous economy.

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What is Lobbying?

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UW employees must coordinate advocacy with the Office of State Relations to ensure clear and consistent communication and compliance with state laws.  Learn more about public agency lobbying and disclosure requirements.

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Partners and Resources

Discover more about the Washington’s legislative process and explore the many organizations the Office of State Relations partners with both internally and externally.

Resources

Latest News and Updates


  • Sen. Nguyen attends the UW Clean Energy Institute's first community capstone showcase

    June 4, 2024

    Left to right: Daniel Schwartz, CEI; Ash Awad, McKinstry; Maria Batayola, Beacon Hill Council; Sen. Joe Nguyễn; Cheryl Chan Hardee, Dept. of Commerce; Robert Knapp, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Yesterday, the UW Clean Energy Institute (CEI) held its first annual community capstone showcase where teams of UW engineering seniors presented their clean energy solutions capstone projects.…

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  • Ribbon cutting marks the opening of the new UW Center for Behavioral Health & Learning

    May 16, 2024

    Rep. Frank Chopp, Gov. Jay Inslee, UW Medicine State Relations Director Rashi Gupta, Sen. Manka Dhingra, UW Medical Center CEO Cindy Hecker, UW Medicine CEO Tim Dellit, UW President Ana Mari Cauce Gov. Jay Inslee, state elected officials, UW President Ana Mari Cauce, UW Medicine CEO Tim Dellit, and community leaders gathered yesterday, May 15…

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  • It's campaign season! Reminder: UW employees cannot engage using public resources

    May 10, 2024

    Washington candidate filing week for the 2024 general election on Nov. 5 ends today. People interested in running for statewide or state legislative offices, along with federal and court positions, must file for election with the Secretary of State no later than 5 p.m. today to appear on the ballot. Positions that have more than…

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