*ACTION NEEDED for ESSB 5284*
Please contact members of the
House State Government & Tribal Relations Committee.
Ask the committee members to support ESSB 5284 and vote it out of Executive Session on Wednesday, March 22nd.
Tell them you want more transparency and to keep foreign-influenced
corporate money out of Washington state elections.
Status & Hearings:
• The bill PASSED the Senate with amendments on Feb 15. Vote tally: yeas, 29; nays, 19; absent, 0; excused, 1.
• A public hearing was held in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations on March 10th. You can view the public hearing HERE.
• RESCHEDULED for executive session to March 22nd @ 1:30 pm (Committee Materials). You can view the executive session hearing HERE.
Please also register your support for ESSB 5284 HERE
*Please check the bill page for current status and upcoming hearings.*
Agendas, Schedules, and Calendars
Legislator & Staff Information
Committee & Bill Information
How to Create and Send a Comment on a Bill:
Submitting Written Testimony
Participating Remotely in Committee Hearings:
How to Register to Testify Remotely
Additional Information About Testifying
Check The Schedule
Check the legislative website to know when a bill is scheduled to be heard. Be advised, schedules can change quickly, especially in the final days of a legislative session. You can also contact the legislative staff of the bill's prime sponsor to get an idea of when the bill might be heard in committee for public comment.
Know the Process and Players
Before testifying, know who is sponsoring the bill, who supports or opposes the bill and why. Be familiar with the committee chairs, committee members, and legislative staff. You may also let the sponsor of the bill or key legislators know beforehand you are testifying on the bill, especially if you are representing a group or organization. They may have specific points they want you to focus on.
Know the Purpose of Your Testimony
Understand why you are testifying. Are you there to persuade, dissuade, provide expertise, or delay action on a bill? Know how to separate out the important points of your testimony to ensure they are heard. Personal stories are a good way to illustrate your testimony and can make the biggest impact on committee members.
Essential Components of Your Testimony
Build Strategic Coalitions with "Likely Voters"
Do Your Research
Schedule Your Meeting
Be Polite, Professional and On Time
Introduce Yourself as a Constituent Who Votes
Making Your Ask & Providing Materials
Other Important Tips and Follow Up