The Legislative Program is a year-round effort to share the expertise of the WSBA's more than 36,000 members with Legislature and its many stakeholders, subject to gudielines established by the Board and by Court rule.
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:
Bills referred to WSBA sections for review, and any positions taken, during the current Legislative Biennium
Status and summaries of our legislative activity
WSBA Legislative Committee and the Board of Governors’ Legislative Committee
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