Legislative Session Week Five

Monday, February 15, marks the policy committee cutoff for the 2021 legislative session.

This means that any bill that has not been passed through an executive session (a.k.a. “exec’d”) out of its policy committee (e.g., House Education, Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education) by the end of the day is considered “dead”.

For more important dates, see the 2021 Session Cutoff Calendar.

WSSDA testimony

Mark Watrin, Battle Ground SD
Testifying on SB 5386
Ronda Litzenberger, Eatonville SD
Testifying on SB 5386

As we approach the policy cutoff, there are fewer opportunities to weigh in on bills. As such, WSSDA provided testimony or signed-in on the following five bills this week:

  • SB 5386 – Concerning school district elections.
  • HB 1444 – Providing trauma-informed counseling and supports to students who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • HB 1476 – Addressing enrollment declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • SSB 5147 – Addressing learning loss by exploring alternative school calendars.
  • HB 1404 – Concerning programs for highly capable students.

Bills At-a-Glance

The at-a-glance document shows the status of bills relevant to WSSDA’s adopted positions. Some of the bills listed reflect WSSDA’s priorities, while others may conflict.

We hope this new presentation of bills will be of use to those following WSSDA’s advocacy.

Use your voice

If you want to provide testimony as an individual, school board member, or on behalf of WSSDA, email WSSDA Strategic Advocacy Director Marissa Rathbone for more information.

If you have a student leader who would like to provide testimony, email WSSDA Strategic Advocacy Coordinator Logan Endres for more information.

See the full issue of InSession

The information above is excerpted from the full February 12 issue of InSession. View the full issue for more resources and information.