Senate Committee Services

Contact Information
Susan Howson, Director
304 15th Avenue SW
P.O. Box 40466
Olympia, WA 98504-0466
Phone: 360.786.7400
FAX: 360.786.7899

MISSION

Senate Committee Services provides professional nonpartisan research, fiscal and policy analysis, and administrative support services to each member of the Washington State Senate and its committees. This is accomplished by:

  • Providing information and analysis that is objective, accurate, and useful;
  • Assisting senators develop and evaluate legislative options to achieve their policy objectives;
  • Drafting clear, understandable legislation that accomplishes intended objectives;
  • Facilitating committee meetings and other legislative processes; and
  • Supporting opportunities for organizational and personal learning to ensure that staff have the knowledge and capability to provide senators with high quality service.
Copies of draft bills, proposed substitute bills, and striking amendments scheduled for public hearings can be found on individual committee web pages as soon as they are available.

Committee Information

Committee Members By Committee

Committee Members by Member

Committee Staff Phone List

Committee Staff Issue Areas

2015 Bills Passed the First Special Legislative Session

2015 Bills Passed the Regular Legislative Session

2014 Interim Plans

Summary of Select 2014 Interim Activities

Initiative Summaries

Initiative 591 - Relating to protecting gun and other firearm rights (rejected)

Initiative 594 - Relating to requiring criminal and public safety background checks for gun sales and transfers (approved)

Initiative 1351 - Relating to lower class sizes and increasing school staff to provide all students the opportunity for a quality education (approved)

Tax Advisory Votes Nos. 8 & 9
No. 8 (SB 6505) - Relating to dealing with the elimination of agricultural tax preferences for various aspects of the marijuana industry (maintained)

No. 9 (ESHB 1287) - Relating to imposing the leasehold excise tax on certain leasehold interests in tribal property (maintained)

Access to Records

Archived Summaries

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Highlights

The 2015 Third Special Legislative Session 
Convened June 28, 2015, at 12:00 p.m.
Schedules:  (Week 1)

Remote Testimony

Committee Meeting Documents/Electronic Bill Book (EBB)

Access the Electronic Committee Sign-In Program (only available through the campus WSL Public wireless network)  Instructions