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Office of Legislative Affairs

The Legislative Affairs office establishes relationships with the authorizing environment, e.g. Governor’s policy and budget staff, constituents, legislators, legislative committee staff, and local/state government agencies as part of the ongoing advocacy on behalf of WaTech.

Before and after session, we may convene or participate in work groups related to specific issues areas or facilitate statewide efforts on key policy issues.  We ensure these policy interests are represented at the WaTech agency and broader IT community.

Each fall, we work with WaTech leadership and agency subject matter experts to develop legislation that focuses on the Director’s priorities.  In addition, we work with the Governor’s policy staff on executive request legislation that may impact the agency or the broader IT community.

During the legislative session we work to ensure WaTech’s request legislation is communicated and accomplished.  We take a proactive approach to work with our stakeholders by engaging with them early and often.  The office will track, conduct the analysis and communicate on bills that may have an impact on WaTech or the broader IT community

The office also works on special projects that are highly visible to our authorizing environment and the public.   These projects may involve the Governor and his office, Congressional Delegation, separately elected officials, agency directors or the public.  

Voice your opinion on any bill by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Watch or listen to hearings on TVW.