State Government Relations
Who We Are
A division of University Relations and Community Development, State Government Relations works to pursue and promote Western’s policy objectives to the Washington State Legislature. The Office works closely with Legislators and Western administrators, faculty, students and staff.
State Government Relations also educates the campus community of legislation affecting the University.
Western Legislative Priorities
Western’s legislative priorities are designed to serve the people of Washington State and help Western meet its mission and strategic goals. Here is a summary of Western's legislative priorities for the 2016 session.
Please contact us with any questions you have!
Reporting Lobbying Activity
All Washington State agencies, including state universities, must keep records concerning their lobbying activity. If you are a WWU employee, please follow these guidelines and complete this online form to report lobbying activity to the Office of Government Relations.
Western Legislative Review Blog
February 2, 2016
- Yesterday the House Higher Education Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 2881, legislation sponsored by Representative Gerry Pollet aimed at addressing the state’s teacher shortage and helping to meet McCleary educational obligations. Read more...
January 25, 2016
- Western had a major presence in Olympia during the second week of the 2016 Session with students, faculty and staff at the state capitol meeting with legislators on a variety of issues. On Monday, January 18 more than 100 Western students poured into Olympia for Viking Lobby Day to meet with legislators and Governor Inslee about Western students’ legislative priorities. Read more...
January 19, 2016
- Week one of the 2016 legislative session is in the books, with Western appearing before several legislative committees throughout the week. Early in the week, Becca Kenna-Schenk, WWU Director of Government Relations, and Josie Ellison, AS-WWU Legislative Liaison, each testified before fiscal committees requesting the Legislature fund student support services at Western. Ensuring student success by increasing student access to advising and tutoring services is WWU’s top legislative priority this session, and Western was the only regional university to not receive such funding last legislative session. Read more...
January 11, 2016
- The 2016 legislative session is underway in Olympia! The Washington State Legislature convened today to kick-off the 2016 session that is scheduled to last sixty days, concluding on March 10th. Legislative sessions in Washington are defined by the two-year period in which bills are considered, known as the biennium. The first year of the biennium occurs in odd-numbered years and lasts 105 calendar days, while the “short” or “supplemental” session takes place in even-numbered years and lasts 60 calendar days. Read more...
December 18, 2015
- Governor Inslee released his 2016 supplemental budget proposal yesterday, which makes adjustments to the 2015-17 biennial budget and marks the beginning of the 2016 state budget process. The state Senate and House of Representatives will each formulate a budget proposal during the upcoming legislative session and then work to reach a state supplemental budget agreement before the end of session. Read more...