Legislative Information Center
Classes and Tutorials

Contact LIC: (360) 786-7573  |  Legislative Building, Room 110  |  P.O. Box 40500, Olympia, WA 98504-0500

The Legislative Information Center offers free classes to the public and to state agencies on understanding the legislative process and navigating the legislative website.  Most classes are offered at our offices in the Legislative Building in Olympia; but, by request, we occasionally offer classes at off-campus locations.  As a current pilot project, LIC is now offering remote classes via web conferencing. Please contact us at 360-786-7573 or email us at support@leg.wa.gov if you are interested in participating in classes offered remotely.

Classes Offered 

Understanding the Legislative Process (about 1 hr / Class Handout)
This class is an in-depth view of the bi-cameral legislative system, how it is organized, and how a bill becomes law.    The class includes:

  • A detailed review of how a bill gets introduced and who can introduce it
  • Standing committee proceedings and actions
  • Rules committee proceeding and actions
  • The amendment process
  • Activities in the opposite house
  • Dispute and concurrence resolution
  • The Governor's actions and veto powers

Navigating the Legislative Website (about 1 hr / Class Handout)
This class provides an overview of navigating the Legislature's website, includes information on what's new to the website, and gives direction on how to:

  • Look up RCWs, WACs, and Procedural Rules
  • Find bill information
  • Use daily standard reports
  • List bills by topic
  • Find your district and legislators
  • Obtain member contact information

Advanced Legislative Website Use (about 1 hr / Class Handout)
This class is an in-depth course on use of the Legislature's advanced features.  It includes how to: 

  • Use Detailed Legislative Reports
  • Set up and use the website's bill tracking system
  • Use the advanced search engines to locate bills and laws
  • Find old bills from previous sessions
  • Set up and use the GovDelivery e-mail notification system for hearing times and agendas

Testifying at Committee Hearing (about 1 hr / Class Handout)
This class is an in-depth course on the committee meetings.  In addition to the outline below, an overview of the new Committee Schedules, Agendas, and Documents web page is included. 

  • An overview of the setup of the hearing room
  • Where to find agendas and meeting materials 
  • How to sign in to testify
  • Preview of how a meeting is run and what to expect 
  • Where to find video of meetings 

Class Schedule

To sign up for a class, call us at 360-786-7573 or email us at support@leg.wa.gov.  We recommend that Navigating the Legislative Website is taken as a precursor to the Advanced Legislative Website Use class.  The classes can be tailored to either introductory or advanced levels of knowledge and experience, and can be custom designed if needed.

​Class Name​Day Offered​Time Offered
Testifying at Committee Hearing​Tuesdays​​9:00 a.m.  10:00 a.m.​
​Understanding the Legislative Process​Tuesdays​​1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.​
​​Navigating the Legislative Website​​Tuesdays​​2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.​
Understanding the Legislative ProcessWednesdays​​​9:00 a.m.  10:00 a.m.​
​​Navigating the Legislative Website​Wednesdays​​​10:00 a.m.  11:00 a.m.​
​Testifying at Committee Hearing​​Wednesdays​​​​1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.​
​​​Advanced Legislative Website UseThursdays​​​9:00 a.m.  10:00 a.m.​
​​Testifying at Committee Hearing​Thursdays​​​​10:00 a.m.  11:00 a.m.​
​​​Advanced Legislative Website UseThursdays​​1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Other days and times can be scheduled as needed.  Please contact LIC to schedule classes outside the days and times listed above. ​ ​

Tutorials 

Educational materials regarding the Legislative process can be found under the Legislative Publications, Maps, Rosters, & Guides web page.  A listing of current instructional documents and videos are provided below.  Please email us at support@leg.wa.gov on suggestions, questions, or comments regarding instructional documents and videos.

​Tutorial​Description
​Bill Tracking (PDF)How to track specific current biennium bills.
​E-Mail Notification of Hearings (PDF)​​An overview of GovDelivery (e-mail subscription management system) and how to sign up to receive committee hearing notifications.
How to Read the Bill History Page​ (PDF) (Video)​Choose to view either the instructional document or a short video that provides an overview on the structure of the bill history web page.
​RSS for Bill Tracking and Status Change Notification (PDF)​How to sign up to receive bill status RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication, technology that distributes web content for simplifying the number of websites you visit).
​How to Search for Bills on the Legislative Website (PDF)How to search for specific bills by bill number, subject matter, RCW cross reference, or sponsor.
​How to Research an RCWs History (PDF)Step-by-step instructions on how to track the history of an RCW.