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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:


What's New?

  • The WSBA Board of Governors approved 4 bills to be WSBA request legislation for the 2015 Regular Session.
  • The 2015 Regular Session (105 days) begins Jan. 12, 2015.

Section Bill Referrals

WA State Counties

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

Debra Carnes
Chief Communications Officer
206-733-5930 |