LEGISLATIVE ROLL CALL
Session Week #7
A summary of the bills impacting schools, students, and families this week.
We did it! On Tuesday, SB 5030 passed the Senate with an incredible 48-1 vote. A big thank you to everyone who testified, met with their legislators, emailed, called, and advocated to bring comprehensive school counseling programs to every district in Washington. You can watch Senators Mullet and Hawkins speak in support of the bill and listen to the vote here, starting a little after the 6 minute mark. SB 5030 heads to the House next, so please stay tuned for more opportunities to make your voice heard.
For now, send a quick email to your House Representatives urging their support of SB 5030.
The other exciting news around the virtual office is that our new Executive Director, Kia Franklin, started this week! Kia is already connecting with legislators, partner organizations, and advocates, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board. You can read more about her leadership in dual credit equity, youth development, and more on our blog. Welcome, Kia!
Now that fiscal committees have wrapped up, we’re tuned into the House and Senate floors to see which bills will move over to the opposite chamber before the March 9 deadline. While Senators were voting on SB 5030, the House passed HB 1302 to expand access to college in the high school programs. We’re also expecting votes soon on bills we’ve supported: HB 1297, the working families tax credit, and HB 1295, which would greatly improve the educational supports and opportunities provided to youth who are incarcerated or have been released from institutional settings. On the Senate side, we’re expecting a vote soon on SB 5321 to expand eligibility for the College Bound Scholarship.
Outside of the capitol, I wanted to highlight another opportunity for parents and families to make their voices heard. Last week we mentioned that HB 1121 had passed both chambers and now awaits a signature from Governor Inslee. This bill opens the door for flexibility to the Class of 2021 in completing graduation requirements given ongoing school building closures. Now, the State Board is tasked with planning out the details of who can receive waivers and for what requirements. They are gathering feedback via survey until March 5, and anyone may weigh in with thoughts about what’s critical for this year’s seniors. Please feel free to reach out directly to me at email@example.com if you have questions about the survey.
I’ll be back next week for an update on floor votes and what we can expect during the second half of session. If you’d like to learn more about how you can advocate for students and families this session, please join us at our weekly “Take Action Tuesday” event, online at 6pm.
Until next week,