Legislative Information Center
Classes and Training

Contact LIC: (360) 786-7573  |  Legislative Building, Room 106  |  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 on navigating the Legislative Website. The classes can be tailored to either introductory or advanced levels of knowledge and experience.

Most classes are offered at our offices in the Legislative Building in Olympia, but we occasionally offer classes at off-campus locations.

To sign up for a class, please call us at 360-786-7573. Please consider what sessions might best be suited to your audience and indicate the general areas that they may be most interested in.  We try to tailor our presentations to the general level of expertise of our audience. 

Class Details

Understanding the Legislative Process (about 1 hr)
This class is an in-depth view of the bi-cameral legislative system, how it evolved and how it works today.  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)
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, Session Laws, Bills, and Procedural Rules
  • Use daily reports
  • Get a list of bills by topic
  • Locate committee hearings, meeting materials, members, and staff
  • Recognize simularities and differences in various web pages
  • Obtain member information
  • Find your district and legislators

Advanced Legislative Website Use (about 1 hr)
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 located bills and laws
  • Find old bills from previous sessions
  • Set up and use the GovDelivery e-mail notification system for hearing times and agendas