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Welcome to the Washington State Legislature
The Washington State Legislature is a bicameral body with 49 members in the
and 98 members in the
House of Representatives
. Each district is served by one Senator and two House members.
The citizen Legislature meets annually on the second Monday in January in the ornate Capitol building in Olympia. In odd-numbered years -- the budget year -- the Legislature meets for 105 days, and in even-numbered years for 60 days. If necessary, the Governor can call legislators in for a special session for a 30-day period. Legislators can call themselves into special session with a two-thirds vote of the two bodies.
Members of the Senate are elected to four-year terms, and House members are elected to two-year terms.
Coming to the Capitol
Capitol Campus Map Intercity Transit "Dash" ShuttleState Capitol Campus Parking InformationCapitol Campus Visitor InformationGeneral Public ToursCapitol Campus Activities & EventsVirtual Tour of the Capitol
Capitol Photo GalleryVeterans Memorials on the Capitol CampusLegislative Gift Center
Americans with Disabilities Act InformationAgendas, Legislative Meeting Schedules, and CalendarsWashington State Visitor Information
Participating in the Process
Your legislators welcome your involvement in the process and hope you'll take the opportunity to participate.
House Gallery Rules
Senate Gallery Rules
Code of Conduct
Find Your Legislator
Glossary of Legislative Terms
Citizen's Guide to Effective Legislative Participation
House and Senate Member Rosters
How a Bill Becomes a Law
How to Read a Bill
How to Testify in Committee
Legislators Back to School Program
Overview of the Legislative Process
Reports to the Legislature
Washington State Elected Officials
Washington State Government Agencies Index
Information about lobbyists (Pictoral Directory, Index of Registered Lobbyists, etc.)
Working at the Legislature
The Legislature offers opportunities to high school, college, and career people to be a part of the process.
Employment Application -
Graduate Intern Program -
Page Program -
Legislative Intern Program - Undergraduate