28B.145.010  <<  28B.145.020 >>   28B.145.030

Opportunity scholarship board.

*** CHANGE IN 2019 *** (SEE 2158-S2.SL) ***
(1) The opportunity scholarship board is created. The board consists of eleven members:
(a) Six members appointed by the governor. For three of the six appointments, the governor shall consider names from a list provided by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives; and
(b) Five foundation or business and industry representatives appointed by the governor from among the state's most productive industries such as aerospace, manufacturing, health care, information technology, engineering, agriculture, and others, as well as philanthropy. The foundation or business and industry representatives shall be selected from among nominations provided by the private sector donors to the opportunity scholarship and opportunity expansion programs. However, the governor may request, and the private sector donors shall provide, an additional list or lists from which the governor shall select these representatives.
(2) Board members shall hold their offices for a term of four years from the first day of September and until their successors are appointed. No more than the terms of two members may expire simultaneously on the last day of August in any one year.
(3) The members of the board shall elect one of the business and industry representatives to serve as chair.
(4) Seven members of the board constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. In case of a vacancy, or when an appointment is made after the date of expiration of the term, the governor or the president of the senate or the speaker of the house of representatives, depending upon which made the initial appointment to that position, shall fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term of the board member whose office has become vacant or expired.
(5) The board shall be staffed by a program administrator, under contract with the board and the council.
(6) The purpose of the board is to provide oversight and guidance for the opportunity expansion [program], the opportunity scholarship programs [program], and the rural jobs program, in light of established legislative priorities and to fulfill the duties and responsibilities under this chapter, including but not limited to determining eligible education programs and eligible advanced degree programs for purposes of the opportunity scholarship program and rural jobs program. In determining eligible advanced degree programs, the board shall consider advanced degree programs that lead to credentials in health professions that include, but are not limited to, primary care, dental care, behavioral health, and public health. Duties, exercised jointly with the program administrator, include soliciting funds and setting annual fund-raising goals.
(7) The board may report to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature with recommendations as to:
(a) Whether some or all of the scholarships should be changed to conditional scholarships that must be repaid in the event the participant does not complete the eligible education program;
(b) A source or sources of funds for the opportunity expansion program in addition to the voluntary contributions of the high-technology research and development tax credit under RCW 82.32.800; and
(c) Whether the program should include a loan repayment or low-interest or no-interest loan component for the advanced degree portion of the program.
(8) The board shall report to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1st of each biennium, beginning December 1, 2019, on the following:
(a) A list of the eligible advanced degree programs and service obligation areas;
(b) The number of participants in eligible advanced degree programs, the number of participants completing their service obligations in a service obligation area, and the number of participants who have completed their service obligation; and
(c) The number of participants who did not complete their service obligation who now owe a repayment obligation and the reasons why the participants did not complete their service obligations.

NOTES:

Reviser's note: This section was amended by 2018 c 114 § 3, 2018 c 209 § 7, and by 2018 c 254 § 2, each without reference to the other. All amendments are incorporated in the publication of this section under RCW 1.12.025(2). For rule of construction, see RCW 1.12.025(1).
FindingsIntent2018 c 254: See note following RCW 28B.145.100.
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