Committee Roster | Library-Related Legislation | WA Library Legislative Week


Thank you for having joined us for WA Library Legislative Week, February 9-12, sponsored by WLA! We look forward to seeing you next year!

This free, annual event is a great opportunity to network with library supporters from around the state and understand legislative priorities, as well as to meet with state legislators and their staff to discuss the value of libraries and the impact laws have on them.


Appointments with Legislators

As Legislative Week draws near, familiarize yourself with your district representatives and check out tips for effective advocacy below, presented by Leah Griffin! As soon as possible after registering, it is important to contact any district representatives with whom you would like to meet during Library Legislative Week (Tuesday 2/9-Friday 2/12). You will receive guidance during Legislative Day morning activities on how best to approach those meetings. If you need to verify your representatives, visit the State District Finder, which will direct you to the email addresses for your district’s State Representatives and Senators.

Here is a sample meeting request:

Dear Representative <name>,

I am <name> with <organization>. I will be attending Washington Library Legislative Week online, February 9-12, and would like to request a virtual meeting with you to discuss some library-related concerns (or library issues within my district; or the importance of libraries; etc). I can be available to meet any time that week after 11:30 a.m. What time would work for you?

Sincerely, <name>


Schedule

Tuesday, February 9
8:45–9:00 am Social Time
9:00–9:05 am Welcome & Introductions
Danielle Miller, 2021 WLA Board President
9:05–9:15 am

State Library Legislative Update
Mike Buschman, Washington State Library
Judy Pitchford, Washington State Library

9:15–
10:00 am
Issue Briefs & Priorities
Carolyn Logue, WLA Legislative Lobbyist & Consultant
Abby Moore, Public Libraries of Washington Lobbyist
10:00 am Zoom Photo
10:20 am–
12:30 pm

Break
Individual Appointments with Legislators

12:30–
1:30 pm

Lunch with Legislators Panel, followed by WLA Lobbyist Q&A
Legislators will answer questions submitted in advance during the registration process.
At 1 pm, participants will have the opportunity to ask WLA lobbyist Carolyn Logue questions, live, related to house and senate bills. Panelists subject to change.

Sen. Marko Liias (D), 21st Legislative District
Sen. Lisa Wellman (D), 41st Legislative District

Rep. Matt Boehnke (R), 8th Legislative District
Rep. Mia Gregerson (D), 33rd Legislative District
Carolyn Logue, WLA Legislative Lobbyist & Consultant

Wednesday, February 10
9:00–
10:00 am
Broadband Panel

Russ Elliott, Director, Washington State Broadband Office
John Flanagan, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Jay Inslee

Tuesday, February 9 — Friday, February 12
All Day Individual Legislative Appointments, Online

 

Advocacy Orientation

Learn how to track and search for library-related bills, give effective testimony, and advocate for libraries at WA Library Legislative Day. Presented by Leah Griffin, Teacher Librarian at University Prep.