Washington State Legislative History
Note: An updated version of this guide is available at http://guides.lib.uw.edu/law/waleghis.
Free & Commercial Databases
Lexis Advance and WestlawNext provide access to much of the same information found for free at the Washington Legislature's website. The following table identifies the type of documents used in Washington State legislative history research and where these documents may be found in online.
a. Bill reports were not printed and distributed before this date. Contact the Washington State Archives in Olympia to inquire about the availability of older bill reports. (360) 586-1492, Research@sos.wa.gov
1. Audio is free; videotapes are available for purchase.
2. A CD-ROM of the final House and Senate Journals for the 2005 session are available. KFW.18.2W33 2005 at Reference Area. The data is in large Portable Document Format files.
4. LEGLink, a fee-based service of the Washington State Legislature, was discontinued at the end of the 2005 legislative session. Content available as "Detailed Legislative Reports" includes bill summaries, texts, roll call votes, bill status, companion bills, bill tracking, floor activity, reports, and indexes.
5. Click on Members by Name and then select an individual. Links to voting records are found on the right side of the page.
6. Includes "Bill Analyses, Governor's Messages, Committee Reports, Fiscal Messages, Summary Amendments, and other" documents. Partial coverage 2002-2005 and from 2008; full coverage from 2006.
Other Legislative History Research Guides
Several other libraries in the state have produced their own guides to Washington legislative history.
Legislative History, Washington State Archives, Washington State Archives
Washington Legislative History Research, Seattle University Law Library
Legislative History Guide, Public Law Library of King County
For guides to legislative history for other states, see State Legislative History Guides, Indiana University Mauer School of Law Library