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State and Local Government: Washington State and Other States

Resources for finding information about Washington and its 3 branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial

The Legislative Process

Sine die : a guide to the Washington State legislative process.   Edward D Seeberger.  Seattle : Institute for Public Policy and Management and the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the University of Washington : Distributed by University of Washington Press, ©1989. WSU Holland & Terrell Reference JK9271.S44 1989

Washington State Legislature

The Washington State Legislature web site connects you to information about the following:

Washington State Legislative Publications in WSU Libraries


Washington (State). Legislature. House.//Bills     Holland & Terrell Ref KFW6.H6
Washington (State). Legislature. Senate.//Bills    Holland & Terrell Ref KFW6.S4         Current bills are kept in the Terrell Reference area. At the end of each year, bills are bound by the number assigned in the House or Senate and sent to the stacks.

Washington (State). Legislature.//Legislative Digest and History of Bills of the Senate and House of Representatives.       Holland & Terrell Ref KFW421.A29 L44 

Earlier title:  Legislative record (1891-1967, 1ST-40th sessions).  Short summaries of bills introduced with status accounts of actions taken. This is the primary source for the status of Washington State bills.   

Committee Publications

Hearings & Reports:  For recent legislative committee reports and issues go to

Meeting Schedule & Bill Status  (House & Senate)    Terrell Ref Desk KFW15 .A25
Indicates which committees are working on particular bills or where the bill has been sent. Also, phone the Legislative Hotline (1-800-562-6000) or check the legislative web site.

Search the WSU Libraries Catalog, Search It, by author for committee publications :

Washington (State). Legislature. House of Representatives. (name of committee).

Washington (State). Legislature. Senate. (name of committee).

House and Senate records

Washington (State). Legislature. House.//House Journal.  Holland & Terrell KFW18.B84

Washington (State). Legislature. Senate.//Senate Journal.   Holland & Terrell KFW18.S44 1889/90-  .  1st session-  . Similar to the federal Congressional Record, but does not give verbatim accounts of parliamentary actions. Include roll call votes of members in both houses.

Washington (State). Legislature.//Final Legislative Report.   Holland & Terrell Ref KFW15.W37   1979-  .  Includes legislation passed (with indices), budgetary highlights, a list of confirmations, gubernatorial vetoes, a final status report, etc.    

Laws and Regulations                                  

Session Laws & Laws of Washington.  Latest, Holland & Terrell Ref KFW25.A24    Issued as a pamphlet after each legislative session. Superseded by bound volumes titled Laws of Washington, 1st-  .   1889/90-  . The Laws of Washington presents the accumulation of all laws adopted in the legislative session in chronological order.

Revised Code of Washington Annotated  (RCWA)   Holland & Terrell Ref KFW30 1961 .B3   1961-  . Similar to the federal USCA, the RCWA is the state compilation of laws of general application currently in force. Updated annually by pocket additions and subject indexes.

Washington Administrative  Code (WAC)  Holland & Terrell Ref KFW34.5.W3   1959-  . WAC is a codification of administrative rules and regulations of Washington agencies arranged by agency title. There is a subject index. A regulation in WAC has the same binding force as law in RCWA. WAC is supplemented by the Washington State Register, an update bulletin which gives advance notice of proposed rules, public hearings, executive orders of the Governor, etc.


Legislative Manual  (the Red Book)  Biennial.  Terrell Ref Desk KFW 421.5 .R8 W37x Contains rules of the Senate and the House. Includes the WA State Constitution, members of congress, Supreme Court members, State officers, and members of the State legislature.

Telephone Directory and Committee Assignments of the Washington State Legislature.  Terrell Ref-Desk KFW421.5.R8 W37x

Washington Legislature

Washington Codes at WSU Libraries

Washington Codes--Historical, 1854-current    

  • (Location at Washington State University Libraries)

Laws of Washington; a publication of the session laws of Washington territory, including the general laws and resolutions of the years 1854 to 1888 inclusive; the federal and colonial orders, treaties, acts and ordinances affecting land titles in Washington. From the original rolls under the direction of Frank Pierce ... Seattle, Wash., Tribune print. Co., 1895-96 [v. 3, '95]

  • Holland and Terrell Libraries Locked-Compact-Storage A1944

Code of Washington: containing all acts of a general nature, revised and amended by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Washington, during the eighth biennial session, and the extra session, ending December 7, 1881 : the Constitution of the United States and amendments thereto : the acts of Congress applicable to the Territory of Washington : and the naturalization laws / published by authority. Olympia : C. B. Bagley, public printer, 1881.

  • Holland and Terrell Libraries Locked-Compact-Storage A691

General statutes and codes of the state of Washington / arranged and annotated by William Lair Hill. San Francisco : Bancroft-Whitney, 1891. v. 1-2

  • Holland and Terrell Libraries Locked-Compact-Storage A2564

The revised statutes and codes of the state of Washington. Compiled, annotated and published with citations on statutory construction, by E.D. McLaughlin, C.E. Remsberg and John D. Atkinson ... Seattle, Wash., Review Printing Company, 1896.

  • Holland and Terrell Libraries Jackson-Documents MW 9 BLA Se71 1854-1895

Ballinger's annotated codes and statutes of Washington, showing all statutes in force, including the session laws of 1897, by Hon. Richard A. Ballinger ... Seattle, Bancroft-Whitney, 1897. v. 1-2

  • Holland and Terrell Libraries Locked-Compact-Storage A2372

Remington & Ballinger's annotated codes and statutes of Washington (cite Rem. & Bal. Code), showing all statutes in force, including the extraordinary session laws of 1909. By Hon. Richard A. Ballinger ... and Hon. Arthur Remington ...Seattle, San Francisco, Bancroft-Whitney, 1910. v. 1-2

  • Holland and Terrell Libraries Locked-Compact-Storage A1924

Pierce's code; a compilation of all the laws in force in the State of Washington, including the regular and extraordinary sessions of 1901. Comp. by Frank Pierce. Seattle, Wash., Tribune Printing Company, 1902.

  • Holland and Terrell Libraries Locked-Compact-Storage A2505

Pierce's code; a compilation of all the laws in force in the state of Washington, including the session of 1911. Annotated ... Comp. by Frank Pierce ... indexed by William Baxter France. Seattle, Wash., National law book company, 1912.

  • Holland and Terrell Libraries Locked-Compact-Storage A2505

Remington's codes and statutes of Washington: showing all statutes in force, including the session laws of 1915 / by Arthur Remington. San Francisco : Bancroft-Whitney, 1916. v. 1-2

  • Holland and Terrell Libraries Locked-Compact-Storage A1924

Code of Washington, 1854. Laws, etc. (Code, 1854)

  • Not owned by Washington State University Libraries

Remington's revised statutes of Washington, annotated, showing all statutes in force to and including the session laws of 1931, by Hon. Arthur Remington Laws, etc. (Compiled statutes : 1932) 1932-1949

  • Not owned by Washington State University Libraries

Revised Code of Washington (1951- )

  • Holland and Terrell Libraries Jackson Documents MW 9 BLA B326 1951-1965
West's revised code of Washington annotated.

  • Holland and Terrell Libraries Reference KFW30 1961 B3
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