After six months, the 2013 legislative session—a combination of a 105-day regular session and two special sessions—has come to a close. The House and Senate came to a compromise and passed a 2013-15 Biennium Operating Budget only two days before state government would have been forced to shut down. The final $33.6 billion budget includes $1 billion in new court mandated K-12 education funding, a 12 percent funding increase for higher education, and very little revenue generated from new taxes.
Editors Note: The WSDA recently lost one of its most respected and beloved members, Dr. R. Terry Grubb, in a tragic motorcycle accident. Grubb was active throughout his career at the local, state and national levels of organized dentistry, serving as president of his component and the WSDA, Second Vice President of the American Dental Association, a Regent on the American College of Dentists, a Fellow in the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Society, and a member of the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission, and many others.
Last week, the WSDA Board of Directors formally created the Task Force on Public Policy Development. The idea for this task force was generated last fall at a Board of Directors retreat. The Task Force will be charged with overseeing the development of a long-term (10-15 year) public policy agenda focused on measurable, evidence-based solutions for improving oral health.