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November 30, 2017

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative

JoAnn Taricani, Associate Professor, Music History November 30, 2017 Majorities for 2018 supplemental session: With the Democratic candidate winning the 45th District in the general election, the State Senate now has a Democratic majority. As I have noted several times last year, both the House and Senate have very slim majorities, meaning that just a…


October 24, 2017

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative JoAnn Taricani, Associate Professor, Music History October 19, 2017, Faculty Senate Meeting Budgets, 2017-19 Final operating budget for 2017-19: presented and passed on June 30; reported to the Faculty Senate in a message on that date. The faculty salary increases of 6% over the biennium had been structured in…


March 9, 2017

Legislative update and town hall meetings

The House and Senate have just concluded the cutoff of the first half of the regular session this evening (Wednesday); all policy legislation must have passed either the House or Senate in order to continue to be in consideration. (Budget issues are exempted from this deadline.) Now, all policy bills that have survived go to…


February 24, 2017

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative, March 2, 2017

JoAnn Taricani, Music History As I write this on February 23, the Legislature is moving toward the end of the first half of the session, at which point bills need to pass out of either the House or Senate, then move to the other side to begin consideration again in policy committees. Please see the…


January 26, 2017

Report of the legislative representative, January 26, 2017

2017 session:  The 2017 legislative session opened on January 9, with slim majorities in the House (Democratic) and Senate (Republican), as described in the December report to the Faculty Senate. 2017 is the session in which the budget for 2017-19 will be written, and there will be several major budget proposals offered by mid-April, when…


December 1, 2016

Report of the legislative representative, December 1, 2016

Majorities for 2017–19:  The current majorities of a Republican Senate and Democratic House will continue, and all legislative races have been finalized (certified later in December). The House majority will remain Democratic, with a 50-48 majority, and the Senate will remain Republican, with a 25-24 majority (one of the 25 is a Democrat who caucuses…


October 20, 2016

Report of the faculty legislative representative, October 20, 2016

  Greetings – and welcome to an exciting election season, to be followed by a very challenging legislative session in January.  General atmosphere about higher education:  There has been a significant emphasis on higher education in the past two biennia, both with an ever-increasing appreciation of the role of our universities and the faculty, and…


February 21, 2014

Washington State Legislators 2014 Session Town Hall events scheduled

3rd District: Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11:30am Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 West 1st Avenue, Spokane Senator Andy Billing, Rep Marcus Riccelli   4th District: Saturday, February 22nd, 6:30-7:30pm call in, 1-800-757-3703 Rep Matt Shea   5th District: Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-11am Maple Valley Community Center, 22225 SE 231st St, Maple Valley Saturday, February 22nd,…