Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee


The Legislature and the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) assign studies to JLARC staff.

Study process has three phases

  1. Initial research: JLARC staff do general research, talk to the responsible agency and others who have relevant knowledge or expertise, and assess the potential for racial equity impacts (RCW 44.28.076). This phase ends with a list of study questions. The study questions define the scope of the audit based on the study mandate.
  2. Field work: JLARC staff collect, document, and analyze the information needed to answer the study questions. We do this work according to government performance audit standards. This is the longest part of the study process.
  3. Report issued: JLARC staff present a preliminary report with findings and recommendations. Next, we present the proposed final report, which includes comments from the responsible agency and no other changes. The Committee may vote to include an addenda to the report. It then votes whether to distribute the completed report. View all JLARC reports.


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2023 Tax Preference Reviews
Jul. 2023
Appropriations and Expenditures of the Dedicated Cannabis Account Nov. 2023
Employment Security Department Administration of H-2A Visa for Farmworkers Jan. 2024
Pesticide Safety Programs to Protect Farmworkers Jan. 2024
2024 Tax Preference Review: Aerospace Jul. 2024
2024 Tax Preference Review: Aluminum Jul. 2024
2024 Tax Preference Review: Customized Workforce Training Jul. 2024
2024 Tax Preference Review: Public Utility Tax Credit for Home Energy Assistance Jul. 2024
2024 Tax Preference Review: Precious Metals & Monetized Bullion Jul. 2024
Sunset Review: Mercury-Containing Light Product Stewardship Program Sept. 2024
Sunset Review: Dual Enrollment Scholarship Pilot Program Sept. 2024
Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Oct. 2024
Performance Audit of Special Education Funding, Accounting, and Service Delivery Nov. 2024
Developmental Disabilities Administration Processes and Staffing Dec. 2024
Review of Administration of Recreational Boating May 2025
Public records exemption for survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, stalking, or harassment May 2025 ●​
Cannabis Market study June 2025

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