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This column keeps tabs on the ASUW’s inner workings, like an OGR phone-calling party and the 2011-2012 legislative agenda.

Phone-calling parties

The ASUW Office of Government Relations (OGR) is holding a phone-calling party before the Nov. 28 legislative special session to set up appointments with legislators and sign up to go to Olympia for lobbying trips.

The event will be held in the Suzzallo Library study rooms today in Suzzallo 328 from 2:30 3:30 p.m., tomorrow in Suzzallo 334 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Wednesday in Suzzallo 334 from 10-11 a.m., Thursday in Suzzallo 338 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Friday in Suzzallo 338 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

2011-2012 Legislative Agenda

The ASUW has brought forth a legislative agenda for 2011-2012 to direct the OGR in its lobbying efforts. Last week, the agenda was approved by the ASUW Student Senate as well as the ASUW Board of Directors.

The agenda has a new section called “Shared Governance,” which states that “The ASUW advocates for open, proactive, and direct student involvement in matters related to any university policy, especially those concerning tuition or fees, [which] is critical to ensuring that all stakeholders are fairly represented.”

Also, the wording of the “Cost of Education” section has been changed from preferring a legislative cap on tuition increase to, “We favor state and campus policies that encourage predictability in any increase of student expenses.”

“This is a reflection of HB-1795 that gives higher education institutions the ability to raise tuition,” said Sarah Round, the OGR assistant director. “The new language speaks to predictability in tuition and fees.”

The legislative agenda can be found on the ASUW Student Senate’s website.

The special session will take place in Olympia on Nov. 28.

Reach reporter Joon Yi

at news@dailyuw.com.

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