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.
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.