WA State runs on a biennium system, which means that every two years, any bills filed that did not pass die, and the next session will start with all new bills. 2023 will be the first year in a new biennium.
ICWA actively follows many bills that may impact medical freedom, informed consent, and parental rights in various ways.
ICWA STAKEHOLDER PAGE, where you can read our summary of and position on each of the bills below.
ICWA’s LEGISLATORS SCORECARD Keeps track of which state legislators are working for (and against) health freedom and parental rights. It includes a Legislation tab, which lists our bills of focus (both pending and enacted). We provide several ratings (+5 to -5) to reward or penalize legislators’ action. The first rating, “Votes,” generally reflects how a legislator voted in the most recent vote in the chamber. The next column, “Vote Rating,” indicates the weight given to each vote. The third column, “Sponsor Rating,” assigns a score to each sponsor of the bill. Notice the different tabs included in the scorecard showing various presentations of the scores, including district maps. You can also click on legislator names in the Summary tab to see the individual scorecard for that legislator. “Vote Index” (0%-100%) refers to how often a legislator voted in our best interests; “Total Score” indicates his or her actual impact.
COMMENT ON BILLS AND GIVE TESTIMONY REMOTELY Learn how to give remote testimony on bills.
BILL PAGE AT THE WA STATE LEGISLATURE WEBSITE (send messages to YOUR legislators about a bill)
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REMOTE BILL TESTIMONY INSTRUCTIONS (once scheduled for a public hearing, get your position and comments to the committee hearing it and recorded on the bill’s official record)
SENATE REMOTE BILL TESTIMONY INSTRUCTIONS (once scheduled for a public hearing, get your position and comments to the committee hearing it and recorded on the bill’s official record)
TVW provides live and recorded coverage of committee hearings and floor sessions and more.