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Washington Senate Approves Medical School Bill

WSU Medical School
WSU Medical School
Photo credit: Sean Airhart, NBBJ

 

The morning after a late-night approval from the House, the Washington Senate approved its medical school bill by a vote of 45-4.

The action by the House and Senate changed a 1917 law that restricted medical education to the University of Washington. The two chambers will now decide which bill to move to Governor Inslee for his signature.

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Washington House of Representatives Passes Medical School Bill

WSU Medical School

WSU Medical School

The Washington House of Representatives passed its version of the medical school bill tonight.

The bill would allow WSU to operate a medical school on its Spokane campus (it also allows WSU to operate a forestry program, as Rep. Ed Orcutt deftly pointed out).

So what’s the next step? The Senate still needs to vote on its version of the bill. The bill would also need approval from Governor Inslee.

The bill simply changes a 1917 law that restricted medical education to the University of Washington. WSU is also asking for $2.5 million in startup funds to work through the accreditation process. Those budget discussions will come at a later date.

The legislature is scheduled to end its session on April 26.

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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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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