In a resounding bipartisan vote on Wednesday, the Washington State Senate gave final approval to a bill paving the way for a new medical school in Spokane to be operated by Washington State University.
The Senate approved House Bill 1559 by a vote of 47-0. Gov. Jay Inslee has five days to act or it becomes law without his signature.
Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, sponsor of an identical bill that passed the Senate earlier this month said the measure heralds a new era of economic development for Spokane and will go a long way toward relieving a statewide shortage of physicians.