Status Summary

First reading, referred to College & Workforce Development on 2.11.19. As of mid-March, the bill is dead. However, it could “come back" during the 2019 session as an amendment on another bill or other mechanisms, or next year (since bills technically stay alive for the full 2019-20 biennium). (updated 4.5.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

Died

Sponsor

Ortiz-Self

This act creates a new chapter in Title 28B RCW which establishes the Social Work Professional Loan Repayment Program, administered by the office, which must:

  • verify credentialed social work professionals who are eligible to participate;
  • adopt rules and develop guidelines to administer the program;
  • coordinate with the OFM Human Resources Division and the Student Achievement Council to publicize the program and maximize participation; and
  • accept grants and donations from public and private sources for the program.

Section 4 defines that social workers employed by the DSHS children’s administration or DCYF are eligible to participate in the program two years after commencing employment as a social worker for either agency.

Each participant is eligible for:

  • quarterly or more frequent payments;
  • a maximum lifetime award of $50,000, for up to 10 consecutive years, until the loan the repaid;
  • repayment of loans that shall begin no later than 90 days after the individual becomes a participant;
  • payments shall be made quarterly, until;
    • the loan is repaid;
    • the participant becomes ineligible due to discontinued service; or
    • the award limits are reached.

Section 4 also specifies that loans from federal government sources may be repaid by the program.

Conclusively, section 6 establishes that the Social Work Professional Loan Repayment Fund is created in custody of the state treasurer.