Updated Nov. 1, 2010.
Prepared by Peggy Jarrett & Cheryl Nyberg.
The Legislature meets annually beginning on the second Monday in January. During odd-numbered years the session lasts for 105 days; these are the budget years. During even-numbered years, the session lasts for 60 days. The Governor may call a special legislative session lasting 30 days, and the Legislature can call a special session with a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate.
More detailed information on the Washington State legislative process is found in the following sources:
See Ann Hemmens & Cheryl Nyberg, "Washington Territorial Legal Materials,” in 2 Pre-statehood Legal Materials: A Fifty-State Research Guide, Including New York City and the District of Columbia 1323-67. KF240.P688 2005 at Reference Area
State Legislative History Research Guides on the Web links to guides produced by government agencies and law librarians.
State Legislative Sourcebook: A Resource Guide to Legislative Information in the Fifty States. JK2495.S689, latest edition at Reference Office. Good source. Includes Internet sites.
National Conference of State Legislatures, State Legislatures Internet Links
Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC, State Legislatures, State Laws, and State Regulations provides links and phone numbers.
Pre-statehood Legal Materials: A Fifty-State Research Guide, Including New York City and the District of Columbia, 2 vols. KF240.P688 2005 at Reference Area