Legislative Session Week One: Lessons and Testimonies

We are only one week into the 2021 legislative session, and WSSDA’s strategic advocacy team has already learned a lot about participating in the virtual space. Take a look at the top five lessons learned last week and see what bills WSSDA has testified on so far.

Top five lessons from week one

PLAN verbal testimony for no more than two minutes, and have a one-minute version ready in case time is limited. (Detailed Instructions)

REGISTER to give testimony no less than one hour before the start of a hearing.

SUBMIT your written testimony and/or other comments up to 24-hours after the start of a hearing at https://app.leg.wa.gov/csiremote

WATCH committee hearings live at tvw.org.

PATIENCE, GRACE, AND RESPECT – In the words of Representative Timm Ormsby, 3rd Legislative District and Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, “patience, grace, and respect” are necessary for all of us to progress effectively through this unique legislative session. Let’s show our legislators and one another how we can do all that and more!

WSSDA testimony

Cindy McMullen, Central Valley SD
Testifying on HB 1121
Sandy Hayes, Northshore SD
Testifying on SB 5128

Last week, WSSDA provided verbal and/or written testimony on the following bills:

  • SB 5092/HB 1094 – Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating appropriations.
  • SB 5091/HB 1093 – Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium second supplemental operating appropriations.
  • SB 5083/HB 1080 – Concerning the capital budget.
  • SB 5044 – Concerning professional learning, equity, cultural competency, and dismantling institutional racism in the public school system. 
  • SB 5030 – Developing comprehensive school counseling programs.
  • SB 5017 – Clarifying school district procurement requirements for personal service contracts for construction management, value engineering, constructability review, and building commissioning.
  • SB 5128 – Concerning student transportation funding during a local, state, or national emergency. 
  • HB 1121 – Concerning the emergency waiver of graduation requirements. 

Use your voice

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