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State and Local Government Publications: How to Trace Washington State Laws

How to Trace Washington State Laws

For background information, see:  

For bill status, committe meeting schedules, etc., call:

  • Legislative Hotline 1-800-562-6000
 

YEARS

TITLES & LOCATIONS

Bills Introduced

   
  1889/90-Present
  • Senate Bill     KFW18. S47 - GOV PUB STACKS
  • House Bill      KFW18 .H84 - GOV PUB STACKS
  1991/92-Present WA State Legislature Bill Information

Committee Hearings

   
  1970-Present

Recorded on audiocassette until very recently.  Earliest tapes are kept at the State Archives, the relevant committee keeps later ones.  Use the search function to locate holdings for specific committee hearings:

  1997-Present

TVW now has both audio and video copies of committee hearings from 1997 to the present, although both formats are not always available for every hearing.  Also, the audio files are free, but the videos must be purchased. 

TVW - Washington State Public Affairs TV Network

Committee Action

   
  1970-Present Legislative Digest & History of Bills     KFW7 .A3 - GOV PUB STACKS
  1991/92-Present

The Daily Status Report lists all the activity on a given day. 

WA State Legislature Bill Information

Debates

   
  1889/90-Present

Brief synopses only in:

  • Senate Journal     KFW18 .S47 - GOV PUB STACKS
  • House Journal      KFW18 .H84 - GOV PUB STACKS
  1997-Present

TVW has either (and sometimes both) audio and video records of floor debates. 

TVW - Washington State Public Affairs TV Network

Votes

   

 

1889/90-Present
  • Senate Journal     KFW18 .S47 - GOV PUB STACKS
  • House Journal      KFW18 .H84 - GOV PUB STACKS

 

Current Biennium

For Roll Call Votes, choose Senate Floor or House Floor Activity Report

WA State Legislature Bill Information

Governor's Action & Vetoes

   

 

ACTION: 1970-Present Legislative Digest & History of Bills     KFW7 .A3 - GOV PUB STACKS

 

VETOES: 1979-Present Final Legislative Report     J87 .W2d - GOV PUB STACKS

 

Current Governor's Term

2013-Present

Governor Inslee's bill action (Including Vetoes)

 

 

Executive Request Legislation

Laws of Washington

   

 

1854-Present

1889/90-Present

Session Law Information

Session Laws     KFW25 .A22 - GOV PUB STACKS

 

Current Biennium

Cross reference from bill to law and vice versa.

WA State Legislature - Bill/RCW/Session Law Cross Reference

Revised Code of Washington

   

 

Current Edition (PRINT) Revised Code of Washington     KFW25 .W37a - GOV PUB REFERENCE

 

Current Edition (ONLINE) WA State Legislature - Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

Washington Administrative Code

   

 

Current Edition (PRINT) Washington Administrative Code     KFW35 .A26 - GOV PUB REFERENCE

 

Current Edition (ONLINE) WA State Legislature - Washington Administrative Code (WAC)

Washington State Register

   

 

Current Edition (PRINT) Washington State Register     KFW35 .A28 - GOV PUB STACKS

 

Current Edition (ONLINE)

Office of the Code Reviser

WA State Legislature - Washington State Register