Status Summary

SB6274 passed in Higher Education & Workforce Development and was referred to Ways & Means on 1/24 The bill was heard and passed in Ways & Means, and is now in Senate Rules. SB6274 was pulled in Rules, passed by the Senate 35-12-0-2, and referred to the House Higher Ed committee. It was heard on 2/21 and exec. action was taken on 2/23. Majority passed with amendment(s) in Higher Ed and referred to Appropriations. Heard in Appropriations on 2/24. Exec. action taken on 2/26; Majority passed with amendment(s) by Higher Education and referred to Rules. Placed on second reading by Rules on 2/27. On 2/28, Committee amendment(s) adopted with no other amendments. Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading. Passed on third reading,; yeas, 55; nays, 43; absent, 0; excused, 0. On 3/6, Senate concurred in House amendments. Final passage passed; yeas, 34; nays, 15; absent, 0; excused, 0. Once signed by the Speaker and President of the Senate the bill will be delivered to the Governor for action. (updated 3/8)

Legislative Session

2018

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Sen. Ranker

SB6274 creates a new Passport To Apprenticeship Opportunities program that will establish pathways for former or current youth in foster care or youth experiencing homelessness to access apprenticeship opportunities. 

The program hastwo primary components:

  •  Increase outreach to foster and homeless youth between the ages of thirteen and eighteen regarding the registered apprenticeship opportunities available to them and how to apply; and
  • Provide financial assistance to former foster and homeless youth to meet registered apprenticeship entrance requirements and occupational-specific costs, and providing supportive services to help them register for and complete an apprenticeship.

*Companion Bill:HB2867

As amended by the Higher Ed & Workforce Development committee, 6274 clarifies the age eligibility for the program and entities that will identify the eligible students, and the entities that will award the funds for the Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities program. 

Also established is a total award amount in participation for the two Passport to Careers programs based on the amount of attending the public university with the highest annual tuition and state-mandated fees in the state for five years. 

The student may not utilize the Passport to College Promise program and the Apprenticeship Opportunities program concurrently, but may at different times. OSPI is included as an agency that may identify students eligible for services. 

“Unaccompanied” youth are added to the eligibility of homeless youth.