May 21st, 2013

Signing of Senate Bill 5472. In the photo are Governor Inslee, Senator Bailey, Sherry Burkey and Brad Sherman Representing Western, and Brian Hardtke (House Republican Caucus Staff)

Signing of Senate Bill 5559. In the photo are Governor Inslee, Senator Bailey, with representatives of Western, Central, and Evergreen.

Today is the 9th day of the 2013 Special Session, and marks the last day for Governor Inslee to sign or veto bills passed by the legislature during the regular session, which ended on April 28. The Legislature cannot adjourn until a budget deal is reached, and passes both the Senate and House.

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) will meet this Thursday, May 23rd. This will be the first meeting since Governor Inslee announced the four new citizen members of WSAC. The Governor will address the council in the morning portion of the meeting, and a full agenda can be seen here.

Last Thursday, the Governor signed Senate Bill 5472, allowing Western to offer the applied doctorate degree in audiology. Yesterday afternoon, he also signed Senate Bill 5559, allowing Western (along with Central and Evergreen) to offer the education specialist degree. A big thank you to Senator Barbara Bailey (R – 10th District) for sponsoring both bills, and to Representative Chris Reykdal (D – 22nd District) and Representative Kristine Lytton (D – 40th District) for their support, and for sponsoring Western’s request legislation in the House.

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