The House voted 75 to 22 to pass Senate Bill 6523 and send it to the governor, who has said he supports the legislation. The measure was approved by the Senate last month.
“I absolutely believe that this bill is as good for my community as it is for yours,” said Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, Yakima County. “As we go into the future, every one of us, all of our families, all of our neighbors are going to have to be pulling the wagon together.”
Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, D-Seattle, said the students who will benefit from the financial aid “have already proven their mettle. They have shown resilience, they have shown the willingness to work hard ... Our job is to make sure they have a fair chance to walk through that door and realize their dreams.”
It is the first law to pass the Legislature so far this year. Several hundred other bills are waiting in the wings, but it’s anybody’s guess how many of those will reach Gov. Jay Inslee before the session ends March 13.