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Dream Act supporters’ last ditch effort likely derailed

Dream Act supporters who hoped to make a showing at Tuesday’s Senate Higher Education committee hearing are bound to be discouraged. Shortly after word of their rally got out, Tuesday’s committee hearing was cancelled.

The hearing’s cancellation means the proposal, formally known as House Bill 1817, has virtually no chance of getting a vote. Lawmakers face an Apr. 3 cutoff that requires all policy committees to complete their work. And while there’s no proof that the hearing’s cancellation has anything to do with the planned protest, it does mean that without any additional Higher Education

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Washington State Dream Act: one student’s perspective

Some college students qualify for the State Need Grant. Eastern Washington University junior Francisco Navarro isn’t one of them. He’s an illegal immigrant.

Navarro testified in front of the Senate Higher Education Committee Thursday. He came to speak in support of the Washington State Dream Act. The proposal, formally known as House Bill 1817, would allow some illegal immigrants to qualify for the college State Need Grant. In order to apply for the grant, the student would need to have a special immigration status provided under a 2012 Obama plan.

Navarro said he’s lucky. He said

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Proposal allowing some illegal immigrants to get college financial aid lives on

The Washington State Dream Act might not be dead after all.

This, despite Wednesday’s Majority Coalition Caucus press conference where Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, said she didn’t even know if the proposal would get a hearing in front of the Senate Higher Education Committee which she chairs. When pressed for a reason why, she cited “logistical” reasons.

Those logistical hurdles appear to have been cleared, or at least shortened, as Sen. Bailey sent out a press release Thursday afternoon saying she has scheduled a hearing for House Bill 1817 next week.

Here’s Sen. Bailey’s statement:


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Attempt to extend student financial aid to illegal immigrants stalls bill

A political fight over illegal immigrants receiving student financial aid has stalled a bill in the Senate.

Senate Bill 5195 would extend the college State Need Grant to students at Western Governors University Washington, the state’s nonprofit online university. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, is the bill’s prime sponsor.

However, the proposal stalled after Democratic Senator Ed Murray of Seattle introduced an amendment to the bill. Murray’s amendment would add language to state law regarding who can receive the State Need Grant, making the aid available to some illegal immigrants with a

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Sen. Bailey says her proposed constitutional amendment would protect referendum rights

State Sen. Barbara Bailey is pushing a constitutional amendment that she says will help protect voters’ right to challenge lawmakers’ decisions through referendum petitions.

The Republican from Oak Harbor has been trying since 2009 to curb the use of emergency clauses —special language that enables a law to be immediately passed when the governor signs it — with no success.

Bailey argues that emergency clauses take away voters’ opportunity to challenge laws by gathering signatures and submitting referendum petitions. That’s because an emergency clause eliminates the 90-day waiting period before a law goes into effect.

While Bailey’s past proposals to address emergency clauses failed to receive hearings in the state House of Representatives, this year her idea has gained a little more traction. Bailey’s proposed constitutional amendment, Senate Joint Resolution 8206, had a hearing today before the Senate Governmental Operations Committee.

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Committee endorses aid for veterans, military spouses

A series of efforts aimed at helping veterans and military families won unanimous backing today from a task force of state lawmakers.

The ideas endorsed by the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs could be considered by the Legislature in the ongoing emergency budget session but are more likely to wait until January. They include:

  • An expedited process for professional licensing of military spouses. Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, said his proposal would apply to wives and husbands who are licensed in another state and are transferred to Washington. They would get a temporary license and a quicker

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