HB 1861 amends current statute to include minority-owned and women-owned businesses in certain functions of the University of Washington's (UW) alternative process for awarding contracts. The bill would also require UW to look at the contractor’s records of utilizing small business entities, disadvantaged business enterprises, veterans, and women and minority-owned business. The bill additionally eliminates the termination and repeal, under the sunset act, of the University of Washington's alternative process for awarding contracts.
Passed out of the House. Had a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Higher Education on Mar 14. This bill did not make it out of committee by the policy committee cutoff.