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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dear WSU Spokane,
It’s Valentine’s Day, and although we tell you we love you everyday, this day is special. There isn’t a piece of paper big enough to list the ways we love you, which is OK since we’re using the Internet right now.
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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.
By Lorraine Nelson, WSU Communications
What are the odds that among the handful of communications professionals working on this campus there would be two serving as president of their professional association? Allison Benjamin and Kevin Dudley are doing just that.