Communicating with legislators and participating in the legislative process
Note: If you need assistance or would like to leave a phone message, call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000.
- Go to leg.wa.gov.
- Click on the green “Participating in the Process” button on the right side of the page.
- You will then see two options to engage with the Legislature — Communicating with a Legislator and Participating in a Committee Hearing. These options are explained in more detail below.
Send an email
Click “Send an Email” to send an email directly to any legislator.
Send a message about a bill
- Click “Send a Message about a Bill” to voice your opinion to your legislators about any bill.
- Enter the four-digit bill number into the search bar and press “Search” to find the bill.
- Then click on “Comment on this bill on the right side of the screen.
- Enter your contact information and comments/position on the bill and click the “Send Comment” button.
You may testify about a bill before a legislative committee either in person or remotely. You may also submit your position or comments on a bill to the committee without testifying.
- Click on any of the three options under “Participating in a Committee Hearing.”
- Click on either the House or Senate, depending on where the bill is being heard. (Depending on where the bill is in the process, a House bill may be in a Senate committee and vice versa.)
- Select the committee, then select the committee hearing date using the drop-down arrow.
- Select the bill you’re interested in by clicking on the circle to the left of the bill.
- Additional selections will then appear in green under “Select type of testimony.” Select how you would like to communicate about the bill and fill out the appropriate information.
Important information about testifying on bills
Register at least one hour before the committee meeting
- You must register to testify in person or remotely or to state your position on the bill at least one hour before the committee hearing is scheduled to begin.
- You may submit written testimony up to 24 hours after the meeting start time.
- You will receive an email with a link to the meeting. The link is for you only, so please have other people register separately to testify.
Testifying in person
- You’ll still receive a Zoom link, but plan on being in the committee hearing room in person.
- Get directions to and parking information at the Capitol.