State Relations

February 9, 2018

Legislative Session Day 33 Update

It’s day 33 of session and we have just passed fiscal committee cutoff. At this point, bills that have not made it out of the Senate Ways and Means committee or the House Appropriations committee will not continue through the legislative process. While members are on the floor considering legislation, we have been tracking bills that impact the UW and reinforces the University’s legislative priorities. Additional updates to share:

2017 NCAA Championship Winning UW Women’s Rowing Team Recognized

On Wednesday, February 7, Sen. Wellman sponsored a resolution in recognition of the achievements of the University’s Women’s Rowing Team and 2017 CRCA Coach of the Year, Yasmin Farooq. Last year, the team swept all three grand finals, making them first program in 21 years of the NCAA Rowing Championship to accomplish this alethic triumph. In case you missed it, watch the resolution here, and read more about our champions here.

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Senate Votes to Confirm Student Regent Goddard

That same evening, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm UW Law student Jaron Goddard to the University’s Board of Regents. Sen. Liias, member of the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development committee, spoke in favor of her nomination. To watch the floor vote, click here. Congratulations, Regent Goddard!

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Huskies on the Hill

Last Monday, January 29, Over 100 students and alumni joined together in Olympia for Huskies on the Hill. Students and alums spent the morning and afternoon meeting with legislators from the Senate and House. To read an article about the event, click here.


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Additionally, all participants had an opportunity to meet with Gov. Jay Inslee, Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, and Secretary of State, Kim Wyman.

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To further engage in the legislative process and bolster support for the ASUW legislative agenda, students and staff from the University’s Brotherhood Initiative also joined in the event.

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We are now more than halfway through the 2018 legislative session. With the house of origin cutoff rapidly approaching next week, we are gearing up for President Cauce’s second visit to Olympia and looking forward to the release of the Senate’s proposed supplemental budget with the House to follow. Continue to read our blog and follow our social media for updates as we enter the final home stretch of the 2018 legislative session.

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