OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Even though there’s bipartisan support in the Legislature for the idea that veterans should automatically get in-state tuition at Washington colleges and universities, bills to do just that are stuck because lawmakers can’t agree who should get credit for the policy.
The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Friday (http://bit.ly/O2PpCk) that while both the state House and state Senate each unanimously approved bills to let veterans and active duty military members receive in-state tuition without living in Washington for a year to establish residency, neither of the bills have passed out of the opposing chamber.
Both have gotten bottled up in committees, missing key deadlines to advance. Gov. Jay Inslee says the measure is a priority for him. Meanwhile, lawmakers in each chamber are trading blame over why the bill hasn’t advanced.
In a joint statement issued Friday afternoon, leaders in both the House and Senate said that the measure wasn’t subject to a Friday deadline and that they would deliver the bill to the governor before session ends next week.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com