​Joint Legislative Systems Committee

Joint Legislative Systems Committee (JLSC)

The Joint Legislative Systems Committee oversees the direction of the information processing and communications systems of the Legislature and enforces the policies, procedures, and standards established under RCW Chapter 44.68.

The Systems Committee consists of four members:
  • A member from each of the two largest caucuses in the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House
  • A member from each of the two largest caucuses in the Senate, appointed by the majority leader of the senate.
Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D)
Senator Mark Miloscia (R)
Representative Ross Hunter (D)
Representative Chad Magendanz (R)
Alternate: Representative Zack Hudgins (D)

Joint Legislative Systems Administrative Committee (JLSAC)

The Joint Legislative Systems Administrative Committee manages the information processing and communications systems of the Legislature.

Hunter Goodman, Secretary of the Senate
Paul Campos, Deputy Secretary of the Senate
Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House
Bernard Dean, Deputy Chief Clerk of the House
Kyle Thiessen, Code Reviser

Have questions about the committees? Direct them to
Cathy Munson
Director, Legislative Service Center
2404 Chandler Court SW
Olympia, WA 98502

The Legislative Service Center 

The Legislative Service Center (LSC) was legislated into existence in July 1986 to manage and evolve the Washington State Legislature's computing environment (RCW Chapter 44.68). The scope of its responsibilities has grown to include a full range of hardware, software, custom applications, telecommunications, operations, web site development, training support, business analysis, facilities management, management of the legislative copier fleet, continuity planning, and strategic planning services. Its customers currently number approximately 1,000, exclusive of the general public who access http://leg.wa.gov, a free web-based site, for legislative information.    

LSC operates under the authority of the JLSC, which oversees the strategic direction of the Legislature's IT, and the JLSAC, which oversees the management of that IT.    

Agency Mission 
LSC's mission is to support the Legislature's operations and functions by establishing, providing, and maintaining cost-effective, reliable, customer-oriented IT services. Major areas of emphasis include law-making processes, constituent communications management systems, internal business/support processes, and Internet-based information services. 

Agency Goals
Legislative members, administrations, and staff play a critical role in defining the management and evolution of legislative IT so legislative processes are enhanced by information technology providing a high return. The partnership between legislative IT consumers and creators will continue as the driving force for legislative IT investments.     

The goals of that partnership are to   

  • Provide the IT infrastructure for legislative agencies to effectively conduct their business across the diversity of law-making, research, communication, administrative, and accounting responsibilities    
  • Increase public participation in and understanding of the legislative process   
  • Continuously evaluate and improve LSC's operations to support the efficiency and effectiveness of the Legislature   

The business aspect of legislative information technology management has been and will continue to be driven by several principles:   

  • Legislative business requirements drive IT investments   
  • Commercially-available products are pursued before in-house development is considered    
  • An evolutionary not revolutionary approach to system replacement is preferred   
  • Legislative systems should be built with proven, contemporary tools