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February 6, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Worries about religious hospitals snag WSU medical-school bill

OLYMPIA — A  bill authorizing Washington State University to open its own medical school in Spokane has hit a snag following a Seattle legislator’s demand that the school promise to not limit its teaching based on the beliefs of religious-affiliated hospitals. The WSU proposal (House Bill 1559) has broad bipartisan support, with 65 co-sponsors. It…

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Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: medical school, Rep. Gerry Pollet, university of washington

February 4, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Industrial hemp gets state Senate approval

OLYMPIA — Industrial hemp would be allowed to be grown in Washington state under a measure passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 5012 received unanimous support Wednesday in the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration. The measure authorizes the growing of industrial hemp as an agricultural activity in the state. It also directs…

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February 21, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Bill giving university students a louder voice passes House

OLYMPIA — Washington students are one step closer to having a larger role in decisions made by public university officials. House Bill 1331, which allows student governments to form committees advising school administrations, passed the House on Wednesday, 95-1. Bill sponsor Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, said student input is becoming increasingly important, given rising tuition. “As students…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Angie Weiss, Margaret Shepherd, Rep. Marcus Riccelli

February 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM

State Senate considers legislation to increase international student tuition

Tuition rates for international students attending Washington’s state universities would increase by 20 percent if state Senate moves forward with a bill proposed by Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina. Tom intends the tuition increase to go toward Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program, which is in need of additional funding. Tom argued that the bill isn’t an attack on…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: International Students, Sen. Rodney Tom, university of washington

February 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Bill would tie tuition increases to inflation rate

The latest attempt to address the escalating cost of higher education comes from Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, who’s introduced a bill that would limit state college tuition increases to the rate of inflation through 2018. HB 1624 aims to move Washington toward a 50-50 split between students and the state, with students paying half the cost…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: tuition, university of washington, Washington State University