Legislative Spotlight: Milestone bill ensures WSOS’ lasting impact

This year, WSOS collaborated with the Legislature to pass House Bill 1289, a significant milestone for our program. The bill gives our Board of Directors the flexibility needed to administer WSOS effectively while establishing a clear process to secure a dollar-for-dollar state match on every private dollar raised.

Gov. Inslee, a WSOS employee, Rep. Reed, & a legislative aid smiling for a photo as Inslee signs a bill into law.
Gov. Inslee signs Substitute House Bill No. 1289

We owe a debt of gratitude to State Representative Julia Reed of the 36th Legislative District (Seattle), who played a pivotal role as the bill’s prime sponsor. Her leadership ensured unanimous support at every significant vote in the House and the Senate. This bipartisan support showcases the Legislature’s unwavering dedication to WSOS—a program that benefits taxpayers, industries, and students throughout Washington.

Thanks to the collective efforts of WSOS and the Legislature, we are thrilled to continue making a lasting impact on the lives of students and the future of Washington’s workforce.

Gov. Inslee shaking hands with a WSOS employee after signing a bill.
Gov. Inslee signs Substitute House Bill No. 1289