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Medical School Bill Gets Another Hearing

WSU Medical School

WSU Medical School

The House Appropriations Committee last night heard testimony on House Bill 1559, which would allow WSU to operate a medical school.

Like many previous hearings, the discussion revolved around funding – this was the House budget committee, after all – and the ongoing talks between WSU and UW to figure out how the ending of the WWAMI partnership will work our financially.

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One Medical School Bill Advances, Another to be Heard

WSU Medical School

WSU Medical School

As the legislative session moves along in Olympia, the state of two medical school bills in the House and Senate continues to be monitored.

So here’s an update:

In the Senate, SB 5487 advanced through the Ways & Means Committee last night. The bill now moves to the Rules Committee.

In the House, HB 1559 is scheduled for a hearing this afternoon in the Appropriations Committee.

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Police Decision-Making Research Featured on the Today Show

The Today Show WSU Spokane
The Today Show WSU Spokane
Today Show Screen Shot

 

The Today Show visited our campus once to take a look at our research on distracted driving.

The popular morning show recently returned to take a look at our research on the decisions police officers have to make, sometimes life or death decisions made in a fraction of a second.

You can watch the feature here.

Medical School Bills Land in Budget Committees

WSU Spokane Medical School

WSU Spokane Medical School

Today, Senate Bill 5487 – commonly known as the medical school bill – is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee, the committee that tackles budget issues related to legislative bills. The medical school bill in the House – House Bill 1559 – has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee. A hearing for that bill is yet to be determined.

A story in The Spokesman-Review today called these events a “detour,” and that’s indeed what this is – not a roadblock, not a setback. Just a detour.

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers Visits WSU Spokane Campus

Cathy McMorris Rodgers WSU Spokane

Cathy McMorris Rodgers WSU Spokane

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers visited our campus today for a handful of meetings.

First, she met with the leaders of our area universities to discuss higher education issues at the federal level, pictured above with Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh, Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan, Whitworth Chief of Staff Rhosetta Rhodes and WSU President Elson Floyd. Not pictured: Community Colleges of Spokane Chancellor Christine Johnson, who was also at the meeting.

She then made an appearance at a free tax filing seminar held on our campus through the IRS and the Computer and Communications Industry Association.

She wrapped up her visit by joining Chancellor Lisa Brown and saw the demolition work happening in the Pierone warehouse, which is where the University District Health Clinic will sit next spring.

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WSU Medical School Bills Pass First Test in Olympia

Washington State Capitol

Washington State Capitol

House Bill 1559 and Senate Bill 5487 – both of which would allow WSU to operate a medical school at WSU Spokane – both passed their respective committees today.

Representative Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) sponsored the bill in the House, while Senator Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) sponsored the bill in the Senate.

There is still a lot of road ahead, and the process is ongoing, but today’s actions were positive steps for our university.

To learn more about WSU’s pursuit of a medical school, visit medicine.wsu.edu.

Washington Senate Higher Education Committee Hears Medical School Bill

WSU Spokane Medical School

WSU Spokane Medical School

The Senate Higher Education Committee held a hearing today to discuss Senate Bill 5487, which would allow WSU to operate a medical school on our campus.

UPDATE: Video from the hearing can be viewed here.

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