Brief Overview of WSBA Legislative Activity

WSBA Sections and other Authorized WSBA Entities:

  • Authorized WSBA entities, including Sections, Committees, Boards, and Councils, may take positions on legislation on behalf of their respective entities, subject to the requirements of GR-12 and the WSBA's Legislation and Court Rule Comment Policy. The WSBA's Legislative Liaison reviews all proposed legislation and refers bills of interest to WSBA entities for their review and input. Positions taken on behalf of an authorized WSBA entity are the positions of the entity and not that of the WSBA. (Review positions taken by WSBA entities in the most recent legislative session here.)
  • Only the WSBA BOG or BOG Legislative Committee are authorized to take positions on behalf of the entire Bar Association. The BOG Legislative Committee meets regularly during session. More information about the BOG Legislative Committee can be found here.  
  • Authorized WSBA entities may also propose legislation, subject to a positive recommendation by the WSBA Legislative Committee and approval by the Board of Governors. (Review approved WSBA-request legislation for prior legislative sessions by referring to the Legislation Status Reports on this page.)
  • Whether taking positions on legislation or proposing legislation, authorized WSBA entities must work with the WSBA's Legislative Liaison and Legislative Office to communicate and advocate in the legislative arena. (Contact the WSBA's Legislative Liaison, Kathryn Leathers, at or 360-259-2044, or the WSBA's Legislative Office by calling 360-943-9977.

2014 WSBA-Request Legislation:

HB 2169|Creating the International Commercial Arbitration Act

DIED IN SENATE LAW AND JUSTICE |  Read our full summary of the proposed legislation
Sponsored by Representatives Goodman, Rodne, Morrell, and Jinkins
WSBA Section: Sponsor, from the WSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

SB 5999| Concerning Corporate Entity Conversions

PASSED: Chapter 82, 2014 Laws, effective 6/12/2014| Read our full summary of the proposed legislation
Sponsored by Senators Pedersen, O'Ban, Kline, and Fain
WSBA Section: Sponsor, from the Corporate Act Revision Committee & LLC/Partnership Committee of the  WSBA Business Section

Photo of Governor Jay Inslee, Kathryn Leathers, and Doug Batey of Stoel Rives at the bill signing

Special thanks is extended to the prime sponsors of these bills, and to the many WSBA section executive committee members who volunteer countless hours to achieve passage of WSBA-proposed legislation and to review and comment on other legislation relevant to the practice of law. For more information, please visit the Legislature’s Bill Information page.

Current Bill Referrals

Bills referred to WSBA sections for review, and any positions taken, during the current Legislative Biennium

Legislation Status Reports

View information on the outcome of our legislative activity during past sessions.

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Legislative Affairs Staff

Kathryn Leathers
Legislative Liaison
360-259-2044 |

Gwen Lloyd
Legislative Assistant
360-943-9977 |