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The WDA Legislative Advocacy Program

2017 Legislative Session

WDA’s top legislative priorities are indigent defense funding, the Fair Chance Act (Ban the Box), and the Family Unity Act (protection for noncitizen clients).  Here are links to the state Office of Public Defense (OPD)’s funding request that would expand the Parents Representation Project (PRP) statewide and to provide salary adjustments for appellate and PRP contract attorneys. The Senate and House budgets will be released in mid-March, so watch your boxes for action alerts supporting WDA and OPD funding.

We Need Your Help

The legislative committee is looking for members to review bills and testify.  Please let Christie Hedman (contact info below) know if you are interested in assisting.

Bill Updates

It’s an extremely busy and fast-moving time in the legislature. February 17, was the cut-off for bills to get out of the original policy committees and February 24 is fiscal committee bill cut-off.  March 8 is the final day for bills to be voted out of their house of origin. (Although nothing in the legislature is ever truly dead and some of those bills could be resurrected as “Necessary to Implement the Budget.”) The status of the 400+ bills we have been tracking this session is changing daily so please don't hesitate to contact Christie Hedman if you have any questions. 

Further information on the legislature and the legislative session may be found at

If you are interested in participating in the committee or have questions about our legislative program, please contact Christie Hedman at 206-623-4321.

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