Classes and Training

Contact LIC: (360) 786-7573  |  Legislative Building, Room 106  |  P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600

The Legislative Information Center offers free classes to the public and to state agencies on understanding the legislative process and on navigating the Legislative Web Site. The classes can be tailored to either introductory or advanced levels of knowledge and experience.

Most classes are offered at our offices in the Legislative Building in Olympia, but we occasionally offer classes at off-campus locations.

To sign up for a class, please call us at 360-786-7573. Please consider what sessions might best be suited to your audience and indicate the general areas that they may be most interested in.  We try to tailor our presentations to the general level of expertise of our audience. 

Class Details

Understanding the Legislative Process (about 1 hr)
This class is an in-depth view of the bi-cameral legislative system, how it evolved and how it works today.  The class includes:

  • A detailed review of how a bill gets introduced and who can introduce it
  • Standing committee proceedings and actions
  • Rules committee proceeding and actions
  • The amendment process
  • Activities in the opposite house
  • Dispute and concurrence resolution
  • The Governor’s actions and veto powers

Review of the Legislative Website (about 1 hr)
This class is an overview of navigating the Legislature’s web site. It includes how to:

  • Find your legislator
  • Lookup of phone numbers, locations, addresses, and committees
  • Find committee hearings, agendas and staff
  • Look-up and print a bill or a law
  • Use calendars to see what bills have been introduced and where they are in the process

Advanced Legislative Web Site Use (about 1 hr)
This class is an in-depth course on use the Legislature's advanced features. It includes how to:

  • Use Detailed Legislative Reports
  • Set up and use the website’s bill tracking system
  • Use the advanced search engines to located bills and laws
  • Find old bills from previous sessions
  • Set up and use the ListServ e-mail notification system for hearings times and agendas