The appropriation committees in the Washington House and Senate were alive with activity this afternoon. Both the House and Senate Ways & Means Committees heard numerous bills in preparation for the looming fiscal deadline this Friday.
House Ways & Means
The House Ways & Means Committee took up three bills that would impact higher education – House Bill 1663, 1792, and 1841.
- House Bill 1663 removes higher education institutions from the requirement to seek an exemption from the Office of Financial Management with regards to purchasing from the Department of Corrections.
- House Bill 1792 directs Washington State University to complete a strategic plan to establish a branch campus at Everett with the collaboration of the University Center at Everett Community College and the baccalaureate institutions that provide programs at the University Center at Everett Community College.
- House Bill 1841 creates the Office of the Chief Information Officer (Office of the CIO) within the Office of Financial Management and an Information Technology Advisory Board to advise the Office of the CIO on information technology issues. Eliminates the Information Services Board.
Senate Ways & Means
The Senate Ways & Means Committee considered Senate Bill 5795. Senate Bill 5795 would use $250,000 of unclaimed prize money for FY11-12 and FY12-13 for the four-year Student Child Care in Higher Education Account.