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How to Get Involved

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There are lots of ways to get involved in public policy!

How to Get Involved in the Legislative Process

An Overview of the Legislature

The Washington State Legislature convenes every 2nd Monday in January. Please check out the links below to learn more about how you can participate in the legislative process!

  • The legislature consists of two chambers: the Senate and the House of Representatives. There are 49 legislative districts in Washington, and each district is represented by 1 Senator and 2 Representatives.
  • Every Washington state resident is a constituent of a district if they live or work in that district. Find out your district. Then, search this roster for your legislators and their contact information.
  • During session, committee hearings and floor debates are televised and you can watch recordings on

An Overview of the Budget Process

Each legislative session, the Legislature writes the state budget for a biennium. You can review the current House and Senate proposals for the operating budget (where domestic violence services are funded) online here. By the end of session, the two chambers must reconcile the two budget proposals and pass one budget out of the Legislature.

2023 Legislative Session

  • The 2023 legislative session runs from January 9th to April 24th. Here is the 2023 cutoff calendar.

Other questions? Please email our Policy Director, Emily, at