The 2023 legislative session began on Monday and for the first time in two years, it is being held in-person. This session is unique because 29 new legislators have joined the ranks of the House and Senate and most of the sophomore legislators have never worked an in-person session. During this long 105-day session, legislators will decide the 2023-35 biennial operating, capital, and transportation budgets.
Throughout the week, the House and Senate fiscal committees heard the Governor’s operating and capital budget proposals, which included a majority of the University of Washington’s 2023 legislative priorities. The Office of State Relations Director Joe Dacca and Associate Director Morgan Hickel testified in support of both of the Governor’s budget proposals. In their remarks on the operating budget, they emphasized the importance of competitive compensation for faculty and staff with the state covering at least two-thirds of the costs, as well as the expansion of high demand programs. On the capital budget, they thanked the Governor for investing in the UW’s priority projects, including Magnuson Health Sciences Center, Anderson Hall, wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House, and Chemical Sciences. They also asked the legislature to consider funding for UW Tacoma to acquire land within their campus footprint that is important to future growth.
The UW is also monitoring and supporting policy bills, including:
- SB 5048 – Eliminates College in the High School student fees.
- SB 5079 – Changes the date that tuition is set so financial aid packages can be provided to prospective students earlier.
- HB 1156 – Extends eligibility for the Washington College Grant from five to six years to align with Pell.
Visit leg.wa.gov to learn more about specific pieces of legislation and track the legislature’s progress.
If you have any questions about the UW’s legislative agenda or bills being introduced, please contact the Office of State Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.