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Senate Joint Resolution 8212 Introduced by Sen. Rodney Tom, (D-Medina) on January 28, 2011. The bill would propose a constitutional amendment that abolishes the superintendent of public instruction (SPI) as a constitutionally established statewide elected official. The constitutional provision that the SPI has supervision over all matters pertaining to public schools is retained but amended to provide that the Governor has oversight over the SPI and ultimate authority over the public schools. Referred to the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee.
House Bill 1650 Introduced by Rep. Bob Hasegawa, (D-Seattle) on January 28, 2011. The bill modifies eligibility requirements for state need grants for lower income students wishing to get a college education. This act specifically changes enrollment requirements and criteria for considering a student’s total income. Referred to the House Higher Education Committee.
House Bill 1654 Introduced by Rep. Hans Zeiger, (R-Puyallup) on January 28, 2011. The bill requires four-year institutions and technical and community colleges to charge resident undergraduate students at the nonresident or graduate tuition rates for any credits that exceed one hundred twenty-five percent of the credits required to complete a baccalaureate degree. This act allows for waivers of this requirement under certain circumstances. Referred to the House Higher Education Committee.
House Bill 1663 Introduced by Rep. Kevin Parker, (R-Spokane) on January 28, 2011. The bill eliminates from current law the requirement that institutions of higher education purchase from correctional industries. Referred to the House Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee.
House Bill 1665 Introduced by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, (D – West Seattle) on January 28, 2011. The bill establishes procedures for requesting the funds necessary to implement the compensation and fringe benefit provisions of bargaining agreements with the University of Washington. This act requires the Governor to submit a request for funding of the contracts to the Legislature; however, prior to submitting the request to the Legislature, the Office of Financial Management must certify to the Governor that the contracts are financially feasible for the State. This act requires the parties to return to collective bargaining negotiations to renegotiate only compensation and fringe benefits if OFM refuses to certify the original request for funding. Referred to the House Labor & Workforce Development.
House Bill 1666 Introduced by Rep. Larry Seaquist, (D-Gig Harbor) on January 28, 2011. The bill would implement the Higher Education Funding Task Force recommendations. Beginning with the 2013-14 academic year, changes in full-time tuition fees for resident undergraduates at community and technical colleges will be set by the Legislature in the general fund budget. Beginning with the 2013-14 academic year, state colleges and universities may set their own tuition for resident undergraduates according to specific criteria and limits set forth in this act. This act creates the Washington Pledge Scholarship with the goal of creating an endowment of one billion dollars by 2021 for low and middle income students. This act creates specific measures of performance accountability for the colleges and universities as compared to four-year, public institutions in other states and provides incentives for improvement. Referred to the House Higher Education Committee.
House Bill 1669 Introduced by Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, (D-Seattle) on January 28, 2011. The bill modifies all references in current law of “achievement gap” to “educational opportunity gap” regarding intellectual challenges in children and the state programs and committees designed to assist them. Referred to the House Education Committee.
House Bill 1684 Introduced by Rep. Marcie Maxwell, (D-Renton) on January 28, 2011. The bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to make available to all school districts an online course in financial education to include fundamental financial skills such as managing checking and savings accounts and understanding the implications and basic operation of contracts, compound interest, loans, mortgages, payment plans, credit cards, fair credit laws, and other credit issues. This act requires school districts to provide all high school students an opportunity to complete the course and may allow credit toward graduation for successful completion. Referred to the House Education Committee.
Senate Bill 5516 Introduced by Sen. Rodney Tom, (D-Medina) on January 28, 2011.. The bill would authorize higher education institutions to make payments in advance for equipment maintenance services to be performed up to five years after payment. Referred to the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committe.
Senate Bill 5517 Introduced by Sen. Rodney Tom, (D-Medina) on January 28, 2011. The bill would exempt higher education institutions, that do not use the services of the division of archives and records management, from payment of those services. Referred to the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee.
Senate Bill 5520 Introduced by Sen. Rodney Tom, (D-Medina) on January 28, 2011. The bill would limit storm water permit costs incurred by secondary permittee state research universities located in small cities in eastern Washington to no more than thirty percent of the rate and charges imposed by their primary permittee. Referred to the Senate Environment, Water & Energy Committee.
Senate Bill 5521 Introduced by Sen. Rodney Tom, (D-Medina) on January 28, 2011. The bill would authorize the state universities to administer or arrange for funding programs for companies, including those that have not committed to applying state university technology, as long as the majority of funds invested or loaned is to companies that do make such commitments. In connection with these funding programs,, state universities may form or participate in he formation of nonprofit and for-profit entities. Referred to the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee.
Senate Bill 5522 Introduced by Sen. Rodney Tom, (D-Medina) on January 28, 2011. The bill would change the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction from a statewide elected office to a governor appointed executive branch agency, which would be subject to senate approval. The act takes effect January 13, 2012, if the proposed amendments to Article III of the state Constitution, eliminating the superintendent of public instruction as a statewide elected official, is approved by the voters at the next general election. (See also SJR 8212). Referred to the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee.
Senate Bill 5535 Introduced by Sen. Jim Honeyford, (R-Sunnyside) on January 28, 2011. The bill would encourage donations of modern laboratory equipment to higher education institutions and vocational skills centers by providing tax incentives for those donations. The bill allows a credit in an amount equal to the fair market value of donations made. The recipient institution must promptly have the fair market value of such equipment assessed by a qualified, independent expert. Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee.
Senate Bill 5540 Introduced by Sen. Steve Hobbs, (D-Lake Stevens) on January 28, 2011. The bill would authorize school districts to install and operate automated school bus safety cameras on school buses to be used for the detection of failure to stop for a school bus. Automated school bus safety cameras may only take pictures of he vehicle and vehicle license plate and only while an infraction is occurring. The picture must not reveal the face of the driver or of passengers in the vehicle. Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.
Senate Bill 5541 Introduced by Sen. Ed Murray, (D-Seattle) on January 28, 2011. The bill would add public institutions of higher education in funding projects such as inter-county connectivity service, park and ride lots, rush hour transit service, and capital projects that improve the connectivity and efficiency of our transportation system. The bill also provides for a parking tax exemption for such institutions in an amount equal to or more than the amount invested by an institution in the commute trip reduction program. Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.