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Executive Policy & Legislative Relations

The Washington State Department of Corrections’ Office of Executive Policy houses the unique agency area of legislative policy.

Legislative policy is responsible for reviewing, monitoring, and tracking legislative proposals that are crafted and considered by the Washington State Legislature. Further responsibilities include liaison work with the elected member of the state legislature as well as staff, and reconciliation of Revised Code of Washington (RCW) with Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and agency policy.

Legislative Session

The Washington State Legislature is a bipartisan, bicameral body, composed of the Washington House of Representatives, with 98 representatives, and the Washington State Senate, with 49 senators plus the Lieutenant Governor acting as President. The state is divided into 49 legislative districts, each of which elect one senator and two representatives.

The Legislature annually begins the legislative session on the second Monday in January. In odd-numbered years, when the state budget is debated upon, the State Legislature meets for 105 days, and in even-numbered years for 60 days. The Governor of Washington, if necessary, can call legislators for a special session (30-day period) at any time in the year. Legislators can also call themselves into special session by a two-thirds vote by both the House of Representatives and the State Senate.

Legislative Presentations & Documents

The following represents links to legislative committees at which agency-issued presentations and documents were provided.

2024 Legislative Priorities

The Department of Corrections, along with all state agencies, were encouraged to focus on legislation that promotes the Governor’s priorities and only advance proposals that are well developed, timely and important, but more importantly this session proposals should only be for policy and spending items that have limited fiscal impacts.

Bills – Agency Support

The following is a list of 2024 legislative bills that stand in support of the agency’s mission, and of which the agency is supportive.

  • 2024 Bills that Washington State Department of Corrections supports (Coming Soon)

Bills – Agency Impact

View the list of 2023 legislative bills that passed with impact to the agency’s operations.

View the list of 2023 legislative bills that may impact the agency’s operations.

  • 2024 Bills with impact to the Washington State Department of Corrections (Coming Soon)



Laws & Regulations

Publications & Job Aids

Resource Links

Bills by Topic

Legislative Committees

Legislative Presentations & Documents