Library-Related Legislation

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WLA actively pursues a legislative agenda that presents the interests of its members through a legislative planning committee and a contract government relationship representative who works with the Washington State Legislature. WLA's lobbyist is Carolyn Logue.

Washington Library Association Legislative Agenda 2021

WLA remains ready to fight for library budgets, school libraries, peer reviewed journal access, expanded broadband, digital equity, media literacy, and more. We are focused on and clearly recognize the budget challenge that will be faced as organizations begin to reopen. Looking for last year's library-related legislation? View it here.

WLA will focus the 2021 Legislative Agenda on things that we know benefit our communities. School library information technology programs provide the resources and infrastructure for digital learning for students, academic libraries assist with the same in the higher education environment, and public libraries provide broadband, workforce, business assistance, and other connections for the state’s citizens. All of these put libraries at the forefront of our state’s economic recovery. Working with legislators and ensuring that our legislative asks reflect this bigger picture will be very important. Ensuring that libraries are able to get the resources they need to provide these important services will be very important.


WLA Bill Status & Upcoming Events Report

View a weekly report of bills being tracked by the Legislative Committee.


WLA Library Legislative Week

Join WLA for this annual opportunity to network with library supporters from around the state and understand legislative priorities moving into 2021, as well as meet with state legislators and their staff during the week of 2/9-2/12/21 to discuss the value of libraries and the impact laws have on them. Find more information about WLA Library Legislative Week.


Past Legislative Days

2020 | 2019 | 2018201720162015

Past Legislative Reports

2014201320122011 201020092008 | 2007


Past WLA Legislative Committees

2018 | 2016 | 2015


Resources

Washington State Legislature
Washington State Legislature
Find Your Legislator (includes District maps)
Member Rosters & Information
Bill Information (includes links to the text of Initiatives)

Federal Library Legislation Links
ALA Washington Office
ALA Federal Resources for Advocacy

Library Advocacy Resources
Legislators and Libraries A Guide for Improving and Maintaining Communications
Building Legislative Support – Winning Library Champions