The Legislative Program is a year-round effort to share the expertise of the WSBA's more than 37,000 members with the Legislature and its many stakeholders, subject to guidelines established by the Board and by Court rule.

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The State Bar's Office of Legislative Affairs is responsible for advancing and maintaining positive and effective relations between the State Bar, the Legislature, legislative stakeholders, and the Executive Branch of government. The Office also spearheads and coordinates the Bar's efforts to protect the public and serve our members in legislative matters relating to the practice of law and the administration of justice.  Our participation in the legislative arena includes both seeking passage of Bar-request legislation and also providing input on legislation introduced by others. 

The Office of Legislative Affairs is guided by the Board of Governors’ (BOG)  Legislation and Court Rule Comment Policy and General Rule 12.1, and serves as the internal and external point of contact on all legislative matters.  Internally, the Office of Legislative Affairs works closely with the following WSBA entities to further the Bar’s mission and goals as they relate to legislative matters:

Happening Now

Weekly Update
2016 Legislative Session

Week 4
Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Alison Grazzini
Alison Grazzini
Legislative Affairs

Nearing the halfway point of session, the first round of mandated cutoff dates occurred this week. By the end of day Friday, all policy bills were required to be voted out of their committees in order to advance this session. In addition, supplemental budget conversations have begun as legislators await an updated state revenue forecast in mid-February to help direct resources for critical statewide services. Below is an update regarding bills of interest for the WSBA.

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Bills Referred to WSBA

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Current Bill Referrals

Bills referred to WSBA sections for review and any positions taken during the current legislative biennium

Legislative Activity

Status and summaries of our legislative activity

WSBA Legislative Committees

WSBA Legislative Committee and the Board of Governors’ Legislative Committee

Legislative Policies and Processes

Legislative and Government Links

Legislative Affairs Staff

Alison Grazzini
Legislative Affairs Manager
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