Legislative and Policy Advocacy

WDA’s legislative advocacy program is coordinated with the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL).  We share a lobbyist, Neil Beaver, and staff oversee various issues and advocacy efforts under the guidance of our joint Legislative Committee.

Legislative Session 2022

The 2022 Legislative Session is a short 60 day session that began on January 10 and will end on March 10. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the vast majority of the session will be conducted remotely.

2022 Session Cutoff Calendar

This session our top priorities are to support the State Office of Public Defense’s budget request, sentencing reform, and the creation of an independent prosecutor’s office to handle law enforcement shootings.

WDA/WACDL Position Papers

HB 1901 CPOs

SB 5407 firearm theft

SB 5561 firearms restoration

SB 5588 Creating Transition Teams

SB 5592 Eliminating Supervision Assessment

SB 5609 Juvenile Fingerprinting

5655 Opposing State Hospitals for Short Term Detention


Please contact Christie Hedman or Amy Hirotaka if you have any questions or are interested in our legislative work.

Amicus Work

WDA appears on behalf of indigent persons, public defenders and other criminal defense attorneys on issues relating to due process, access to justice, criminal defense and the rights of indigent persons. If you are handling a matter at the appellate level that you would like WDA to provide amicus briefing on, or to sign on to your amicus, please visit our Amicus Advocacy page.