And They’re Off! State Legislature Begins Heavy Session

Washington Capitol

The 2017 regular legislative session is now underway in Olympia. Lawmakers have significant issues to tackle this year, including closing a budget deficit upwards of $5 billion that encompasses fully funding basic education under the McCleary decision, mental health obligations, and other emergent public policy needs.


Adopted by the Board of Governors in November 2016, the Washington State Bar Association’s legislative agenda includes the following priorities:

  • SB 5011: Modernizing Washington’s Corporate Act
  • SB 5012: Concerning the distribution of a Washington trust’s assets to another trust
  • Providing adequate state funding for Washington’s court system
  • Providing necessary state funding for civil legal aid services

Be sure to stay informed of the WSBA’s legislative activities by visiting our Legislative Affairs web page or the Washington state Legislature’s website for information on a particular bill.