2013 Legislative Session Review

The 2013 Legislative Session began on January 14th, and was scheduled to last 105 days and end on April 28th.  The original House and Senate budgets were far apart, and the road to reaching a compromise took not only the duration of the regular session, but also two special sessions.  Following a largely bipartisan vote in both the House and Senate on the final compromise budget, the legislature adjourned Sine Die on June 29.  The Governor signed the budget on June 30.

This year's final budget represents a significant reinvestment in Western, with targeted investments in engineering and computer science that will allow us to continue building on our considerable strengths to help meet the needs of Washington state. Western extends our appreciation to the Senate, House and Governor for making higher education a priority in this year's budgeting process, and funding public higher education at a level that avoids a tuition increase. This is a win for students, families, employers, and for the entire state.

For a more detailed look at the 2013 Legislative Session, see "Session Review Links" and "Updates from Session" on the right side of this page.

The 2014 Legislative Session will begin in January, and is scheduled to last 60 days.

Higher Education Bills of Interest

Senate Bill 5034 (Senator Hill): 2013-15 Operating Budget

Senate Bill 5035 (Senator Honeyford): 2013-15 Capital Budget

Senate Bill 5472 (Senator Bailey): Authorizes applied doctorate level degrees in audiology at Western Washington University.

  • WWU Request Legislation
  • House companion sponsored by Representative Reykdal

Senate Bill 5559 (Senator Bailey): Authorizes Western Washington University, Central Washington University, and the Evergreen State College to offer the educational specialist degree.

  • WWU Request Legislation
  • House companion sponsored by Representative Lytton

Senate Bill 5195 (Senator Rolfes): Allows nonprofit institutions recognized by the state of Washington (Western Governor's University) to be eligible to participate in the state need grant program.

Senate Bill 5180 (Senator Shin): A taskforce on improving access to higher education for students with disabilities is established.

House Bill 1736 (Representative Zeiger): Enhances operating efficiencies at institutions of higher education, and permits a recognized student government at each institution to form a student advisory committee to advise and assist on issues affecting acess to and success in educational programs.

House Bill 1466 (Representative Haigh): Extends alternative contracting procedures to June 30, 2021. Modifies the criteria to use the design build and general contractor/construction manager contracting procedures. Modifies notification procedures.