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.
Further information on the legislature and the legislative session may be found at
- State Website: http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature; or
- Bill information: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/.
If you are interested in participating in the committee or have questions about our legislative program, please contact Christie Hedman at 206-623-4321.