The 2023 legislative session is right around the corner! Each year, the state legislature convenes on the second Monday of January for either 60 days (even-numbered years) or 105 days (odd-numbered years). In January, we will be heading into a long session (105 days) which means there is more time to pass bills and negotiate a brand new biennial budget for 2023-2025, with the fiscal year starting July 1, 2023.
Our top priority this session is a joint $132 Million budget request with other crime victim services organizations in hopes that the State will make a commitment to invest in survivor services long-term. WSCADV will be working hard to represent the Coalition and survivors – but we can’t do it without you!
What can you do now to prepare for session?
- Invite your legislators to visit your program before session so they can hear about what survivors and advocates in your community are experiencing.
- Sign up for action alerts to get WSCADV legislative updates and calls to action.
- Check out these key resources to learn more about the legislative session
- Washington’s legislative website
- First day of session: January 9, 2023
- Last day of session (Sine Die): April 24, 2023
Because COVID-19 cases continue to persist in our communities, we are anticipating a hybrid session with large group restrictions for in-person meetings. Our policy team is currently working to adapt and plan for a hybrid Advocacy Week – stay tuned for more details!
Please contact Emily, WSCADV’s Policy Director, with any questions.