WSA Legislative Agenda 2019 Victories
Students from the Washington Student Association's (WSA) member campuses create a legislative agenda that is meant to increase access to public four-year universities in Washington State and improve the quality of on-campus services that are essential to the academic success of our students. The following is list of legislative victories from the 2019 legislative session.
Fully Funded State Need Grant, Now Known as the Washington College Grant - House Bill 2158 (Hansen)
After years of advocacy, Washington's largest need-based financial aid, WA College Grant, is now on track to be fully funded and expanded to more students and their families. Full tuition support and fees would be available for students from families of four earning about $50,000 a year or less, with partial scholarships for students from households making up to the state’s median income, which is about $92,000 a year for a family of four!
Religious Accommodations for Students SB 5166 (Hasegawa)
Under the SB 5166, postsecondary institutions are required to accommodate students in rescheduling tests and making up absences due to religious observances. Schools also must post the accommodation policy on their websites and reference it in the syllabus. Students requiring an accommodation must notify the faculty member in writing within two weeks of the beginning of the class.
Interdisciplinary Education for Health Care Professional Students - HB 1726 (Riccelli)
Nurses, Physicians, and Pharmacists are all trained in blood pressure monitoring, blood glucose, and cholesterol screening, immunizations, medication counseling, and so much more. Students lead this effort and have found that their limiting factor to how much they can work with multidisciplinary student teams and serve our communities is finding enough professionals from each discipline to supervise. HB 1726 allows any qualified preceptor to oversee a health professional student, in turn promoting access to affordable health services and better education for students.