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Committee Hears Arguments on Proposed WSU Med School

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OLYMPIA, WA (AP) - Washington State University can start its own medical school, but not with $5.9 million set aside to expand the University of Washington's Spokane medical programs.

That's what UW officials told legislators during a committee hearing on Tuesday in Olympia.

The $5.9 million was budgeted for WSU as part of a plan to expand the number of medical school students in Spokane when the two universities were cooperating on UW's program.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Ian Goodhew of the UW School of Medicine says WSU shouldn't get to spend it on its own proposal.

The House Higher Education Committee is considering a bill to amend the law giving UW exclusive rights to medical education at state universities. The committee did not vote on the bill.