Detailed Legislative Reports


 

Detailed Legislative Reports

Introduction

Purpose of the Manual

Prerequisite Skills

How the Manual Is Organized

Graphic Conventions Used in the Manual

Accessing Detailed Legislative Reports

Creating a Detailed Legislative Reports Account

Logging In to Detailed Legislative Reports

Features Common to Most Detailed Legislative Reports

Reports Links

Sorting Functionality

Exporting Options for Report Information

Date Default Settings

Number of Records per Page

Advanced Search

Online Help

Bill Summary Page

Running the Report

Text of a Legislative Document

Accessing Documents

Report Links

Custom Sorting

Printing and Combining Documents

Bills by Sponsor

Running the Report

Viewing Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

Custom Sorting

Report Links

Printing and Combining Documents

Roll Calls on a Bill

Running the Report

Report Links

Bills In/Out of Committee

Running the Report

Running the Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

Custom Sorting

Report Links

Committee Schedule

Retrieving Agendas

Selected Step Reports

Running the Report

Running the Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

Custom Sorting

Report Links

 

Bills by Citation

Running the Report

Running the Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

Custom Sorting

Report Links

Printing and Combining Documents

Selected Bill Tracking

Bill Status

Running the Report

Running the Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

Custom Sorting

Report Links

Companion Bill Report

Running the Report

Running the Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

Custom Sorting

Report Links

Legislative Actions Report

Running the Report

Custom Sorting

Report Links

Printing and Combining Documents

Statistical Reports

Running the Report

Topical Index

Running the Report

Report Links

Paper Hanging Report

Running the Report

Running the Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

Custom Sorting

Report Links

Floor Activity Reports (FAR)–House and Senate

Accessing FAR

Selecting Reports

Report Links

Changing the Report Sort Order

FAR Options

Special Bill Links

Fiscal Note Web Site (OFM)

Accessing the Fiscal Note Web Site

Running the Report

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Appendix A—Legislative Document Ranges

Appendix B—Document Naming Conventions

Appendix C—Action Abbreviations

Appendix D—Overview of the Legislative Process

Appendix E—Finding and Using Documents and Reports

Detailed Legislative Reports

Introduction


Detailed Legislative Reports enables the public to access information, track documents, and build reports. The processes enable you to track the status of legislation, to build personal reports, and to import the text of various legislative documents.

 

Purpose of the Manual

This manual describes all the Detailed Legislative Reports and provides instructions for the retrieval of each. The manual serves as a reference tool for those who wish to obtain information on legislative documents and activities.

 

Prerequisite Skills

This manual assumes that you have a working knowledge of Windows and Internet Explorer.

 

How the Manual Is Organized

The manual is arranged as follows:

 

    General information about Detailed Legislative Reports

    Description of each report

    Appendixes

 

Graphic Conventions Used in the Manual

Bolded items represent keystrokes, menu items, buttons, or links.


Windows, Navigation, and Browser Terminology

Banner Bar

The Banner bar contains the links in white type above the Detailed Legislative Reports bar. From here, you may access the home pages for the Washington State Legislature, the State House of Representatives, the State Senate, and the public legislative information page.

Check Box

A square with a checkmark in it is the active setting. Click a check box once to activate it; click it a second time to de-select it. A “checked” check box selects items such as bills for combining, or sets options for your report, such as opening documents in a new window.

Command Bar

The Command bar appears on most of the Detailed Legislative Reports result screens. It displays as a blue background with white type beneath the upper site banner. Click the command button to perform the action or view detailed options.

Feature Bar   

The Feature bar appears above most Detailed Legislative Reports in blue type. It provides shortcuts to the most frequently used reports. Clicking a link on the Feature bar moves you to that report.

Link

Usually represented by blue or underlined text, a link moves you from the current browser page to another. To follow a link, move the mouse cursor over the blue or underlined text. When the cursor becomes a pointing finger, click the left mouse button.

Menu Bar 

The Menu bar appears at the top of each window. Clicking a word on the Menu bar produces a drop-down menu with additional choices. An example of an item you could select from the menu bar is Edit, Copy. If you see instructions to "Click Edit, Copy," click Edit on the menu bar, then click the Copy option on the drop-down Edit menu.

Detailed Legislative Reports Bar

This bar appears with a yellow background in the upper banner of each of the Detailed Legislative Reports pages. The Detailed Legislative Reports bar contains links to the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, Advanced Search, and general help resources.

Radio button

A circle with a black dot in the middle is the active setting. Alternate choices are displayed as empty circles. Clicking a radio button sets parameters for your report choice, for example, chamber or report option.

Toolbar

The toolbar is located immediately below the Menu bar. It contains buttons with graphical representations on them. When you position the cursor over a toolbar button and pause, the button's name or function appears for a few seconds. Clicking a button displays another window, a dialog box, or it performs a function. An example of an item you could select from the toolbar is Print. If you see an instruction to "Click the Print button," click the button on the toolbar.


Accessing Detailed Legislative Reports


1.   From the Legislature’s home page at http://www.leg.wa.gov click Bill Information.

 

2.   Click Detailed Legislative Reports. The Detailed Legislative Reports home page appears. To make a selection from the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, move the cursor over a link. When the pointer becomes a finger, click the left mouse button.


Creating a Detailed Legislative Reports Account


Any Detailed Legislative Report can be generated without logging in to the system; however, you must be logged in to use certain features, such as Selected Bill Tracking, customizing views, changing the global default setting for reports, and adding bills directly from a report to a Selected Bill Tracking list.

 

1.   Click Log In.

 

2.   At the Login window, click Register.

 

3.   Type a username, one word at least six characters.

 

4.   Type your e-mail address.

 

5.   Confirm your e-mail address.

 

6.   Click Submit. You will receive an e-mail message that contains a computer-generated password. Open the message, highlight and copy the password.

 

7.   Return to the Login screen. Type your username and paste the password in the Password field.

 

8.   Click Log In. You will be prompted to change your password to something easier for you to remember. It must be at least six characters and can contain a mix of letters and numbers.

 

9.   Confirm your password.

 

10. Click Save.


Logging In to Detailed Legislative Reports


Any Detailed Legislative Report can be generated without logging in to the system; however, you must be logged in to use certain features, such as Selected Bill Tracking, customizing views, changing the global default setting for reports, and adding bills directly from a report to a Selected Bill Tracking list.

 

1.   Click Log In.

 

2.   Type your user name, then press Tab.

 

3.   Type your password, then click Log In.


Features Common to Most Detailed Legislative Reports


Reports Links

In Detailed Legislative Reports, the bill number is linked to the Bill Summary Page, which provides history and roll call information, if it exists; and the new “Docs” link takes you to Text of a Legislative Document and allows you to access related documents. The standard links are listed below.

 

    Click Docs to access a list of links to all documents related to the bill. Select the document you wish to view by clicking the desired link to the left of each document.

       Click (B) to display, save, print, or send the document as a browser-based HTML file.

       Click (A) to display the text in Adobe Acrobat. This option retrieves a line-for-line, page-for-page official copy of the selected document. Only those documents that have an Adobe Acrobat version have the (A) link. You cannot edit the Acrobat version of a document. To print an official copy of the bill, click the Print button from the Adobe Acrobat toolbar.

 

    Click the bill number link to display the history and any roll calls, if they exist, of the bill via the Bill Summary Page.

 

    If the bill was vetoed or partially vetoed, click the V or PV next to the Date field to access the text of the veto message.

 

    Click the link to the sponsor’s name to display a sponsor report.

 

    Some reports provide a print version of the report without graphics. Click Print List on the Command bar above the report title. A new window opens to display the report without links.

 

Sorting Functionality

A much-anticipated feature in Detailed Legislative Reports is sorting. In the system, most of the reports may be sorted by different column headers. To sort the report by date of last action, for example, click the Date column heading to arrange the dates in ascending order. Click the Date column heading a second time to sort the information in descending order.

 

Printing

Printing a Report

Click the Print button on the browser toolbar; click File, Print on the browser menu; or press Ctrl+P. If you wish to have a graphics-free print out, click Print List, then click the Print button in the new browser window. This option may not appear depending on the report you are viewing.


Printing a Single Document

1.   Click Docs beside the document name to display a list of documents specific to the bill number.

 

2.   Click the display link to the left of the bill document that you wish to use for viewing and printing.

          To print an official copy of a bill or amendment, click the A (Adobe Acrobat) option.

 

3.   Click the Print button on the browser toolbar; click File, Print on the browser menu; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing Multiple Documents

You may select several documents on the list for printing or reviewing at one time. This is referred to as combining documents.

 

1.   Select the documents in one of the following ways:

       Click the check box next to each desired document.

 

       Click the check box in the blue header bar to select all documents.

               Click the check box in the header bar a second time to de-select all documents.

2.   Scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the following items:

       Combine to Word Processor combines the selected documents and displays the resulting combination in word processor format. Beginning with documents created during the 2003-04 biennium, page and line numbers are not displayed.

 

       Combine to Browser combines the selected documents and displays the resulting combination in HTML format in the browser.

 

       Combine to Acrobat (Official Copy) combines the selected documents in Adobe Acrobat and displays them in the browser. This option prints an official, line-for-line, page-for-page version of the selected documents.

               Detailed Legislative Reports will automatically insert page breaks between the Acrobat documents so each document starts on a new page.

 

3.   Click Combine to combine the documents in the selected manner.

 

Exporting Options for Report Information

Most report results may be exported into other applications, such as Word, Excel, Access, and plain text. Exported information is not dynamically updated by the system.

 

1.   From the report result list, click Export Data in the blue command bar.

2.   Click the desired export application.

Access

When you export a report into Access, it generates a database named report.mdb. that contains a table with the report data. A File Download-Security Warning screen appears and asks whether you want to save the database or open it directly from the export. Click Open to open the database directly from Detailed Legislative Reports; click Save to save the file first. The Access table containing the report is named TheData. Double-click TheData to view the information.

Excel

Excel generates a spreadsheet of the report information. Click Open to open the spreadsheet directly from Detailed Legislative Reports; click Save to save the spreadsheet first.

Text

Text creates a comma-delimited file of the report information. This report contains no formatting and is difficult to read. Click Open to open the file directly from Detailed Legislative Reports; click Save to save the file first.

Word

Word generates the report information in a Word table. You may need to adjust the page setup to accommodate the table’s width. Click Open to open the file directly from Detailed Legislative Reports; click Save to save the file first.

 

Saving a Document or Report

Saving a Document in Adobe Acrobat (PDF)

1.   From the list of documents, click (A) beside the document to open it in Adobe Acrobat.

 

2.   On the Adobe menu bar, click Save a Copy.

 

4.   By default, the file name is the same as the document title. If you wish to change the name, click in the File name field and type a different name, then click Save.

 

    This document version generates the line-for-line, page-for-page “official” copy of the bill that contains line and page numbering.


Saving a Document as a Browser-Based HTML File

1.   From the list of documents, click (B) beside the document to open it as an HTML file.

 

2.   Click File, then Save As from the menu.

 

3.   By default, the file name is the same as the document title. If you wish to change the name, click in the File name field and type a different name, then click Save. This document may be opened in Internet Explorer, or other applications, such as Word or WordPerfect.

 

Date Default Settings

The date defaults in Detailed Legislative Reports can be set for the current session period or a previous biennium. You must log in to Detailed Legislative Reports to select a global default for the whole application. You may change the biennium on a per report basis back to 2003 without logging in..


To set the global date settings for the application that will affect all reports,

 

1.   Click Default Date and System Settings.

 

2.   Log in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system.

 

3.   Click the radio button for the desired biennium or session year.

 

4.   Click Save as Default.

 

    Detailed Legislative Reports will retain the default biennium settings until you go back into Default Date and System Settings and change it.


To set the date temporarily for an individual report,

 

1.   Open a report, such as Bills by Sponsor.

 

2.   Click the Biennium list button, then click the desired biennium or session year.

 

3.   Generate the report. This setting will be remembered for as long as you are working in the report. If you leave the report or close Internet Explorer, the setting will revert back to the global default.


Accessing Information Prior to 2003

In the 2006 session, common reports, such as Bills by Sponsor or Bills In/Out of Committee, and bill documents prior to 2003 are accessed in a different manner.

 

To access bill history and roll call information from 1997-2002,

1.   Click the Bill Information link at the bottom of the Detailed Legislative Reports home page.

 

2.   Select a biennium then click either the House or Senate Bill Information link.

 

To access bill documents,

1.   Bill documents back to 1985 will be accessible in one of two ways.

       The Previous Bienniums folder in Advanced Search.

       Navigate the web-based directory structure to retrieve documents from Text of a Legislative Document.

 

Number of Records per Page

You may wish to set the number of records that appear per page. You must log in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system to make a global setting that will apply throughout the application. You may change the records per page value on a per report basis without logging in.


To set a global records per page setting for the application,

 

1.   Click Default Date and System Settings.

 

2.   Log in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system.

 

3.   Click the radio button for the desired number of records per page.

 

4.   Click Save as Default.

 

    Detailed Legislative Reports will retain the default biennium settings until you go back into Default Date and System Settings and change it.


To set the records per page on an individual report,

 

1.   Open an Detailed Legislative Reports and generate a report, such as Bills by Sponsor.

 

2.   Click the records per page list button at the top of the bill result grid, then click the number of records you wish to view at one time.


A record could be a bill or a document name. A page refers to a browser page, not a printed page or a window. The default for the number of records per page is 100.

 

Advanced Search

A link to Advanced Search is available on the Detailed Legislative Reports menu bar. The documentation for that system is separate from the Detailed Legislative Reports.

 

Online Help

There are several help documents available to you in Detailed Legislative Reports.

 

    Click the Help link within a report or on the Detailed Legislative Reports menu bar to view the Detailed Legislative Reports manual.

 

    Click Help with Abbreviations at the bottom of the page to review lists of the abbreviations and acronyms used for legislative actions, committees, sponsors, and requesters. Lists of document extensions and naming conventions are also available.



Bill Summary Page


The Bill Summary Page provides a convenient way to view all the information for a bill in one place. The Bill Summary Page contains the brief description, sponsors, companion bill information, and links to the documents related to the bill, including all versions of the bill, amendments, bill reports, digests, and roll calls. The Bill Summary Page also contains a narrative history of the bill.

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page click Bill Summary (History of a Bill.)

 

2.   Confirm the biennium selection. To change the current setting, click the Biennium list button, then click the desired biennium.

 

3.   Type the bill number you wish to find, then click Submit or press Enter. You do not need to enter the bill prefix. The Bill Summary page opens.


Report Links

    The Bill Summary Page can display the documents or the history of the bill at the top of the page. Click the List documents before history check box to place the documents at the top of the page. Click the check box a second time to de-select the option and move the documents to the bottom. This feature is grayed out until you perform a search.

 

    Click the Open documents in a new window check box to display related documents in a new browser window.

 

    To print the Bill Summary Page, click the Print Version link, then click the Print button on the toolbar of the new browser window.

 

    Click the desired link to access the type of document you wish to view.

       Click a sponsor link to access the list of bills sponsored by the selected member.

 

       When a bill has been altered in the legislative process, a link to the engrossed, amended, or substituted bill appears next to the historical action.

 

       Click a roll call link, if one appears, to see how members voted on the selected bill.

 

       The available documents for the selected bill are grouped together. Click the desired document link to open an Adobe Acrobat version of the document.

 

       When applicable, click Get Fiscal Note to access the fiscal note from the Office of Financial Management (OFM) website.


Text of a Legislative Document


The Text of a Legislative Document link accesses all of the documents that match a bill or document name. For example, if you type 1000 in the Text of a Legislative Document search field, all of the documents related to House Bill 1000 appear, including bill, bill reports, amendments, etc. Other documents you can retrieve include RCWs, WACs, and Washington State Register documents. Links are provided to the Attorney General’s Office and the Governor’s Office for AGO Opinions and Executive Orders.

 

Accessing Documents

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Text of a Legislative Document.

 

2.   There are multiple ways you may access documents in Text of a Legislative Document.

 

       To access bills, type the number of the bill in the List bills and documents named like field, then click Find Documents or press Enter.

 

       To access RCWs or WACs, click the RCWs or WACs radio button for the type of document. Type the RCW/WAC number in the Find field. Click Find Statute or press Enter.

 

       To access other session documents, such as schedules, introductions, or a list of prefiled bills, click the applicable link in the QuickLinks navigation section on the left. You may also access these documents using the keyword in the List bills and documents named like field if you know the document naming convention.

 

3.   The list of documents appears. Use the scroll bar on the right side of the window to scroll through the listed documents. You may also use the Page Up and Page Down keys or the middle arrow keys to move through the report.

 

Report Links

    Click the (B) link to display, save, print, or send the document as a browser-based HTML file.

 

    Click the (A) link to display the text in Adobe Acrobat. This option retrieves an official line-for-line, page-for-page copy of the selected document. Only those documents that have an Acrobat version have the (A) link. You cannot edit the Acrobat version of a document. To print an official copy of the bill, click the Print button from the Adobe Acrobat toolbar.

 

    Click Bill Summary above the table headers to open the Bill Summary Page for the applicable bill.

 

    Click Roll Calls above the table header to open the Roll Call Report for the applicable bill.

               A bill may not have a roll call report if it hasn’t progressed far enough in the Legislative process.

 

    Click Related Topical Index to view the topics that the applicable bill is assigned to.

 

    Click Add to Selected Bill Tracking to add the applicable bill to a custom tracking list. This feature is only available if you are logged in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system.

 

Custom Sorting

Documents are displayed in ascending order by document name. To sort the result list by a different category, click the column heading. For example, to sort the result list by the date the document was created or edited, click the Date heading. The first click sorts the information in ascending order; the second click sorts it in descending order.

 

Printing and Combining Documents

Printing the Results List

To print the list of documents, click the Print icon on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing a Single Document

1.   Click the display option link to the left of the document name that you wish to print.

          To print an official copy of a bill or amendment, click the (A) Adobe option and click the printer button on the Adobe toolbar.

 

2.   Click the Print button in the viewing application.


Printing Multiple Documents

You may select several documents on the list for printing or reviewing at one time. This is referred to as combining documents.

 

1.   Select the documents in one of the following ways:

       Click the check box next to each desired document.

       Click in the check box in the blue header bar to select all documents.

2.   Scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the following items:

       Combine to Word Processor combines the selected documents. Beginning with documents created during the 2003-04 biennium, page and line numbers are not displayed.

 

       Combine to Browser combines the selected documents and displays the resulting combination in HTML format in the browser.

 

       Combine to Acrobat (Official Copy) combines the selected documents in Adobe Acrobat and displays them in the browser. This option allows to combine for printing official, line-for-line, page-for-page accurate copies of selected documents.

                Detailed Legislative Reports will automatically insert page breaks between the Adobe documents so each new document starts on a new page.

 

4.   Click Combine to combine the documents in the selected manner.



Bills by Sponsor


The Bills by Sponsor report lists the legislation sponsored by the selected member, committee, or requester. The report displays the bill number, brief title, veto information, last activity date, original sponsor, and current status of each bill sponsored by the selected member. You may view a list for all bills, primary sponsor, or secondary sponsor.

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Bills by Sponsor.

 

2.   Click the radio button for House, Senate, Committee, or Requestor.

 

3.   Begin typing the sponsor’s last name in the Type or Select a Sponsor field. When the applicable name is highlighted, press Tab.

 

4.   Click the radio button for the desired report (Primary Bills, Secondary Bills, or All Bills).

 

5.   If you wish to view only the companion bills, click the Show only those bills by the selected sponsor that have companion bills check box.

 

6.   Click Continue.

 

Viewing Report Information By Action Date

You may customize your report to display or bold bills that have had action on or since a certain date using the date options feature on the report screen.

 

1.   With a Bills by Sponsor result list visible, click the Date Options link.

 

2.   Click the Bold/List only bills list button.

 

      a.   Click Bold bills to display the full list of bills, but bold the bills that meet the specified date selection.

 

      b.   Click List only bills to filter out the bills that don’t meet the specified date selection.

 

3.   Click in the Date field and type the date upon which you wish to base your criteria. You may also click the Calendar list button, then click the date you wish to use from the drop-down calendar. For example, typing 1/15/06 would produce a report that either bolds or only lists bills that have had status changes since January 15, 2006.

 

4.   Press Enter or click Update Display. You can return to the original view at any time by clicking Clear Date Options.

 

Custom Sorting

To sort the report by a different category, click the report heading. The first click sorts in ascending order; the second click sorts in descending order.

 

Report Links

    Click Docs to retrieve a list of documents related to the bill. Select from the links that appear in the resulting report.

 

       Click (B) to display, save, print, or send the document as a browser-based html file.

 

       Click (A) to display the text in Adobe Acrobat. This option retrieves an official, line-for-line, page-for-page copy of the selected document. Only those documents that have an Acrobat version have the (A) link. You cannot edit the Acrobat version of a document. To print an official copy of the bill, click the Print icon from the Adobe toolbar.

 

    Click the bill number link to display the history and roll calls, if they exist, of the bill from the Bill Summary Page.

 

    If the bill was vetoed or partially vetoed, click the V or PV next to the Date field to access the text of the veto message.

 

    Click the sponsor’s name link to go to the Bills by Sponsor page and print a report of all the bills that were also sponsored.

 

    To print or view reports without the graphics, click the Print List button above the report title. A new window opens to display the report without graphics.

 

Printing and Combining Documents

Printing the Results List

To print the list of documents, click the Print icon on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing a Single Document

1.   Click Docs beside the document name to display a list of documents specific to the bill number.

 

2.   Click the display option to the left of the bill number that you wish to use.

          To print an official copy of a bill or amendment, click the (A) Adobe option and click the printer button on the Adobe toolbar.

 

3.   Click the Print button on the browser toolbar; click File, Print on the browser menu; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing Multiple Documents

You may select several documents on the list for printing or reviewing at one time. This is referred to as combining documents.

 

1.   Select the documents in one of the following ways:

       Click the check box next to each desired document.

 

       Click in the check box in the blue header bar to select all documents.

 

2.   Scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the following items:

       Combine to Word Processor combines the selected documents. Beginning with documents created during the 2003-04 biennium, page and line numbers are not displayed.

 

       Combine to Browser (HTM) combines the selected documents and displays the resulting combination in html format in the browser.

 

       Combine to Acrobat (PDF) (Official Copy) combines the selected documents in Adobe Acrobat and displays them in the browser. This option prints an official, line-for-line, page-for-page version of the selected documents.

               Detailed Legislative Reports will automatically insert page breaks between the Adobe documents so each new document starts on a new page.

 

       Add to a Bill Tracking List adds the selected documents to a selected bill tracking list. This feature is only available if you are logged in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system.

               This feature is available for the current biennium only.

 

3.   Click Combine to combine the documents in the selected manner.

 


 


Roll Calls on a Bill


The Roll Calls on a Bill report displays all roll call votes taken on a bill on the floor. The report also displays the brief title, the chamber, the description of the item or motion under consideration, the item number, the transcript number, and date of the vote. The roll call lists the names of the members who voted yea, voted nay, were absent, or were excused. The report does not include roll call votes taken in committee.

 

    Not all bills have roll calls. Many bills do not advance far enough in the legislative process to come to a vote.

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports menu, click Roll Calls on a Bill.

 

2.   If you wish to search a biennium other than the default, click the Biennium list button, then click the biennium you wish to search.

 

3.   Enter the bill number in the search field, and press Enter or click Continue.

 

Report Links

    Click the bill number link to display the Bill Summary Page.

 

    Click Docs to display the text of the bill.


You can search for other roll call reports from the results screen by clicking in the Bill Number field, typing the next number, then clicking Search or Enter.


Printing a Roll Call Report

To print the roll call vote report, click the Print button on the toolbar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.





Bills In/Out of Committee


The Bills In and Out of Committee report displays the bills currently in the selected standing committee, the bills that have been reported out of the committee, and the bills that have been removed from the committee, including bills placed in Rules Committee at the end of session. For bills in and out of Rules Committee, please use the Selected Step Reports.

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Bills In/Out of Committee.

 

2.   If you wish to search a biennium other than the default, click the Biennium list button, then click the desired biennium.

 

3.   Click the House or Senate radio button, then press Enter or click Continue.

 

4.   Click the desired committee or begin typing the committee name in the Type or Select a Committee field.

 

5.   When the desired committee is highlighted, click the applicable radio button for the bills you wish to see.

 

       Click In to view the bills in the committee.

 

       Click Out to view the bills that have been reported out of the committee.

 

       Click Removed to view the bills that were removed, or discharged, from the committee by floor action or that were in committee in the opposite house at the end of session.

 

       Click In & Out to view both categories on the same report.

 

       Click All to view all bills that were referred to the committee. Bills in committee are listed first, then bills reported out of committee, and then bills removed from committee.

 

5.   Press Enter or click Continue to run the report.

 

To print or view a report without links, click Print List on the command bar above the report title. To print this report, click the Print button on the toolbar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.

 

Running the Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

You may customize your report to display bills that have moved (that is, the bills' status has changed) on or since a certain date. You may also bold-face bills that match selected date options.

 

1.   With a Bills In/Out of Committee report result list visible, click the Date Options link.

 

2.   Click the Bold/List only bills list button.

 

       Click Bold bills to display the full list of bills and bold-face bills that meet the specified date selection.

 

       Click List only bills to display only bills that meet the specified date criteria.

 

3.   Click in the Date field and type the date to which you want to base your criteria. You may also click the calendar list button, then click the date you wish to use. For example, typing 1/15/06 would produce a report that either bolds or only lists bills that have had status changes since January 15, 2006.

 

4.   Press Enter or click Update Display. You can return to the original view at any time by clicking the Clear Date Options link.

 

Custom Sorting

Bills are displayed in ascending order by bill number. To sort the report result list by a different category, click the column heading. For example, to sort the report result list by the last action date, click the Date heading. The first click sorts in ascending order; the second click sorts in descending order.

 

Report Links

    Click Docs to retrieve a list of documents related to the bill. Select from the links that appear in Text of a Legislative Document.

 

       Click (B) to display, save, print, or send the document as a browser-based html file.

 

       Click (A) to display the text in Adobe Acrobat. This option retrieves a line-for-line, page-for-page copy of the selected document that you may print from. Only those documents that have an Acrobat version have the (A) link. You cannot edit the Acrobat version of a document. To print an official copy of the bill, click the Print icon from the Adobe toolbar.

 

    Click the bill number link to display the Bill Summary Page.

 

    If the bill was vetoed or partially vetoed, click the V or PV next to the Date field to access the text of the veto message.

 

    Click the link to the sponsor’s name to display a sponsor report. Click the desired report (Primary, Secondary, or All).

 

    To print or view reports without the links, click Print List on the command bar above the report title. A new window opens to display the report without links.

 

Printing and Combining Documents

Printing the Results List

To print the report, click the Print button on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing a Single Document

1.   Click the Docs link to display a list of documents specific to the bill number from Text of a Legislative Document.

 

2.   Click the display option to the left of the bill number that you wish to use.

          To print an official copy of a bill or amendment, click the (A) Adobe option and click the printer button on the Adobe toolbar.

 

3.   Click the Print button on the browser toolbar; click File, Print on the browser menu; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing Multiple Documents

You may select several bills on the list for printing or reviewing at one time. This is referred to as combining documents.

 

1.   Select the bills in one of the following ways:

       Click the check box next to each desired bill; or,

 

       Click in the check box in the blue header bar to select all bills.

 

2.   Scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the following items:

       Combine to Word Processor combines the selected bills. Beginning with bills created during the 2003-04 biennium, page and line numbers are not displayed.

 

       Combine to Browser (HTM) combines the selected bills and displays the resulting combination in html format in the browser.

 

       Combine to Acrobat (PDF) (Official Copy) combines the selected bills in Adobe Acrobat and displays them in the browser. This option prints an official, line-for-line, page-for-page version of the selected bills.

               Detailed Legislative Reports will automatically insert page breaks between the Adobe documents so each new document starts on a new page.

 

       Add to a Bill Tracking List adds the selected bills to a selected bill tracking list. This feature is only available if you are logged in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system.

               This feature is available for the current biennium only.

 

3.   Click Combine to combine the bills in the selected manner.

 




Committee Schedule


The Committee Schedule report displays the agendas for the House and Senate standing committees and certain joint committees. Each agenda indicates the bills to be heard, and the dates, times, and locations of the meetings. The meeting type, such as Public Hearing, is also indicated.

 

Retrieving Agendas

1.   On the left banner of the Detailed Legislative Reports menu, within the “Inside the Legislature” section, click Committee Agendas.

 

2.   Click the desired House or Senate committee, then click Get Schedule. A list of the committee agendas appear at the bottom of the page.

          The committee chamber, (H) or (S), is indicated following the committee name.

 

3.   Click the agenda date/time link to view the details of the agenda.

 

To obtain a printable version of the agenda, click Yes next to the applicable agenda..Click the Print button on the toolbar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.

 

 



Selected Step Reports


A bill moving through the legislative process passes through many steps. The Selected Step Reports lets you display lists of bills grouped by stages in the process. This is particularly useful when tracking legislation by major activity, such as bills on Second Reading in the House. The report includes the bill number, status title, current status, last action date, and original sponsor.


The headings under which the report choices fall are House, Senate, and All. “All” designates joint activity, such as bills in dispute between the houses.


Examples of report choices include the following:


Introduced

Second Reading

Suspension Calendar

Passed House

Passed Senate

Concurrence

In Dispute

Passed Legislature

Governor’s Actions

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Selected Step Reports.

 

2.   If you wish to search a biennium other than the default, click the Biennium list button, then click the desired biennium.

 

3.   Click the radio button corresponding to the type of bills you wish to include in the report, such as House, Senate, or All Bills.

 

4.   Click a report radio button. Some report names may not be familiar, so if you point your cursor at a report title, a brief description will appear in the hover text.

 

5.   Click Continue.


To view a report without graphics, click Print List on the command bar above the report title. To print this report, click the Print icon on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.

 

Running the Report Information by Action Date

You may customize your report to display bills that have moved (that is, the bills' status has changed) on or since a certain date. You may also bold-face bills that match selected date options.

 

1.   With a Selected Step Report result report visible, click the Date Options link.

 

2.   Click the Bold/List only bills list button.

 

          Click Bold bills to display the full list of bills and bold-face bills that meet the specified date selection.

 

                Click List only bills to display only bills that meet the specified date criteria.

 

3.   Click in the Date field and type the date to which you want to base your criteria. You may also click the calendar list button, then click the date you wish to use. For example, typing 1/15/06 would produce a report that either bolds or only lists bills that have had a status changes since January 15, 2006.

 

4.   Press Enter or click Update Display. You can return to the original view at any time by clicking the Clear Date Options link.

 

Custom Sorting

Bills are displayed in ascending order by bill number. To sort the report result list by a different category, click the column heading. For example, to sort the report result list by the last action date, click the Date heading. The first click sorts in ascending order; the second click sorts in descending order.

 

Report Links

    Click Docs to retrieve a list of documents related to the bill. Select from the links that appear in Text of a Legislative Document.

 

          Click (B) to display, save, print, or send the document as a browser-based html file.

 

          Click (A) to display the text in Adobe Acrobat. This option retrieves a line-for-line, page-for-page copy of the selected document that you may print from. Only those documents that have an Acrobat version have the (A) link. You cannot edit the Acrobat version of a document. To print an official copy of the bill, click the Print icon from the Adobe toolbar.

 

    Click the bill number link to display the Bill Summary Page.

 

    If the bill was vetoed or partially vetoed, click the V or PV next to the Date field to access the text of the veto message.

 

    Click the link to the sponsor’s name to display a sponsor report. Click the desired report (Primary, Secondary, or All).

 

    To print or view reports without the links, click Print List on the command bar above the report title. A new window opens to display the report without links.

 

Printing and Combining Documents

Printing the Results List

To print the report, click the Print button on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing a Single Document

1.   Click the Docs link to display a list of documents specific to the bill number from Text of a Legislative Document.

 

2.   Click the display option to the left of the bill number that you wish to use.

          To print an official copy of a bill or amendment, click the (A) Adobe option and click the printer button on the Adobe toolbar.

 

3.   Click the Print button on the browser toolbar; click File, Print on the browser menu; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing Multiple Documents

You may select several bills on the list for printing or reviewing at one time. This is referred to as combining documents.

 

1.   Select the bills in one of the following ways:

          Click the check box next to each desired bill; or,

 

          Click in the check box in the blue header bar to select all bills.

 

2.   Scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the following items:

          Combine to Word Processor combines the selected bills. Beginning with bills created during the 2003-04 biennium, page and line numbers are not displayed.

 

          Combine to Browser (HTM) combines the selected bills and displays the resulting combination in html format in the browser.

 

          Combine to Acrobat (PDF) (Official Copy) combines the selected bills in Adobe Acrobat and displays them in the browser. This option prints an official, line-for-line, page-for-page version of the selected bills.

                Detailed Legislative Reports will automatically insert page breaks between the Adobe documents so each new document starts on a new page.

 

          Add to a Bill Tracking List adds the selected bills to a selected bill tracking list. This feature is only available if you are logged in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system.

                This feature is available for the current biennium only.

 

3.   Click Combine to combine the bills in the selected manner.


 




Bills by Citation


The Bills by Citation report provides a listing of bills that affect specified RCW citations. This report is used to follow changes to existing law proposed by current legislation. The report includes the RCW section, the bill number, the effect (amending, adding new, repealing, etc.), brief title, veto information, last activity date, and the current status of the bill.

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Bills by Citation.

 

2.   If you wish to search a biennium other than the default, click the Biennium list button, then click the desired biennium.

 

3.   Enter the RCW citation in the field. Include a period to restrict the results to that title or chapter.

 

          Enter the title number to get a list of all bills that affect the title, for example, 42.

 

          Enter the title and chapter number to get a list of bills that affect the particular chapter, for example, 42.30.

 

          Enter the title, chapter, and section number to get a list of bills that affect the specific section, for example, 42.30.075.

 

3.   Press Enter or click Continue.

 

Running the Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

You may customize your report to display bills that have moved (that is, the bills' status has changed) on or since a certain date. You may also bold-face bills that match selected date options.

 

1.   With a Selected Step Report result report visible, click the Date Options link.

 

2.   Click the Bold/List only bills list button.

 

                Click Bold bills to display the full list of bills and bold-face bills that meet the specified date selection.

 

                Click List only bills to display only bills that meet the specified date criteria.

 

3.   Click in the Date field and type the date to which you want to base your criteria. You may also click the calendar list button, then click the date you wish to use. For example, typing 1/15/06 would produce a report that either bolds or only lists bills that have had a status changes since January 15, 2006.

 

4.   Press Enter or click Update Display. You can return to the original view at any time by clicking the Clear Date Options link.

 

Custom Sorting

Bills are displayed in ascending order by bill number. To sort the report result list by a different category, click the column heading. For example, to sort the report result list by the last action date, click the Date heading. The first click sorts in ascending order; the second click sorts in descending order.

 

Report Links

    Click Docs to retrieve a list of documents related to the bill. Select from the links that appear in the resulting report.

 

          Click (B) to display, save, print, or send the document as a browser-based html file.

 

          Click (A) to display the text in Adobe Acrobat. This option retrieves a line-for-line, page-for-page copy of the selected document that you may print from. Only those documents that have an Acrobat version have the (A) link. You cannot edit the Acrobat version of a document. To print an official copy of the bill, click the Print icon from the Adobe toolbar.

 

    Click the citation number link to display the list of applicable citations. RCWs can be displayed in HTML file format.

 

    Click the bill number link to display the Bill Summary Page.

 

    If the bill was vetoed or partially vetoed, click the V or PV next to the Date field to access the text of the veto message.

 

    To print or view reports without the links, click Print List on the command bar above the report title. A new window opens to display the report without links.

 

Printing and Combining Documents

Printing the Results List

To print the list of documents, click the Print icon on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing a Single Document

1.   Click Docs to display a list of documents specific to the bill from Text of a Legislative Document. If you wish to print the RCW reference, click the RCW citation number link.

 

2.   Click the display option to the left of the bill number that you wish to use.

          To print an official copy of a bill or amendment, click the (A) Adobe option and click the printer button on the Adobe toolbar.

 

3.   Click the Print button on the browser toolbar; click File, Print on the browser menu; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing Multiple Documents

You may select several bills on the list for printing or reviewing at one time. This is referred to as combining documents.

 

1.   Select the bills in one of the following ways:

          Click the check box for each desired bill.

 

          Click in the check box in the blue header bar to select all bills.

 

2.   Scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the following items:

          Combine to Word Processor combines the selected bills. Beginning with bills created during the 2003-04 biennium, page and line numbers are not displayed.

 

          Combine to Browser (HTM) combines the selected bills and displays the resulting combination in HTML format in the browser.

 

          Combine to Acrobat (PDF) (Official Copy) combines the selected bills in Adobe Acrobat and displays them in the browser. This option prints an official, line-for-line, page-for-page version of the selected documents.

                Detailed Legislative Reports will automatically insert page breaks between the Adobe documents so each new document starts on a new page.

 

          Add to a Bill Tracking List adds the selected bills to a selected bill tracking list. This feature is only available if you are logged in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system.

                This feature is available for the current biennium only.

 

3.   Click Combine to combine the bills in the selected manner.

 




Selected Bill Tracking


The Selected Bill Tracking report lets you create and maintain personal bill tracking lists. Each list is distinguished by the name you give it, and you access the list you want by its name.


On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Selected Bill Tracking.


Refer to the Help link in the Selected Bill Tracking feature to access the details in using this feature.



Bill Status


The Bill Status report displays the status of a bill or range of bills. The report includes the bill number, status title, current status, veto information, last action date, and original sponsor.

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Bill Status.

 

2.   If you wish to search a biennium other than the default, click the Biennium list button, then click the desired biennium.

 

3.   Enter the first bill number in the Starting Bill field, then press Tab. The starting bill must be smaller than the ending bill number.

 

4.   Enter the last bill in the Ending Bill field. The ending bill must be larger than the starting bill number.

 

5.   Press Enter or click Continue.

 

Running the Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

You may customize your report to display bills that have moved (that is, the bills' status has changed) on or since a certain date. You may also bold-face bills that match selected date options.

 

1.   With a Selected Step Report result report visible, click the Date Options link.

 

2.   Click the Bold/List only bills list button.

 

                Click Bold bills to display the full list of bills and bold-face bills that meet the specified date selection.

 

                Click List only bills to display only bills that meet the specified date criteria.

 

3.   Click in the Date field and type the date to which you want to base your criteria. You may also click the calendar list button, then click the date you wish to use. For example, typing 1/15/06 would produce a report that either bolds or only lists bills that have had a status changes since January 15, 2006.

 

4.   Press Enter or click Update Display. You can return to the original view at any time by clicking the Clear Date Options link.

 

Custom Sorting

Bills are displayed in ascending order by bill number. To sort the report result list by a different category, click the column heading. For example, to sort the report result list by the last action date, click the Date heading. The first click sorts in ascending order; the second click sorts in descending order.

 

Report Links

    Click Docs to retrieve a list of documents related to the bill. Select from the links that appear in Text of a Legislative Document.

 

          Click (B) to display, save, print, or send the document as a browser-based html file.

 

          Click (A) to display the text in Adobe Acrobat. This option retrieves a line-for-line, page-for-page copy of the selected document that you may print from. Only those documents that have an Acrobat version have the (A) link. You cannot edit the Acrobat version of a document. To print an official copy of the bill, click the Print icon from the Adobe toolbar.

    Click the bill number link to display the Bill Summary Page.

 

    If the bill was vetoed or partially vetoed, click the V or PV next to the Date field to access the text of the veto message.

 

    Click the link to the sponsor’s name to display a sponsor report. Click the desired report (Primary, Secondary, or All).

 

    To print or view reports without the links, click Print List on the command bar above the report title. A new window opens to display the report without links.

 

Printing and Combining Documents

Printing the Results List

To print the report, click the Print button on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing a Single Document

1.   Click the Docs link to display a list of documents specific to the bill number from Text of a Legislative Document.

 

2.   Click the display option to the left of the bill number that you wish to use.

          To print an official copy of a bill or amendment, click the (A) Adobe option and click the printer button on the Adobe toolbar.

 

3.   Click the Print button on the browser toolbar; click File, Print on the browser menu; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing Multiple Documents

You may select several bills on the list for printing or reviewing at one time. This is referred to as combining documents.

 

1.   Select the bills in one of the following ways:

          Click the check box next to each desired bill; or,

 

          Click in the check box in the blue header bar to select all bills.

 

2.   Scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the following items:

          Combine to Word Processor combines the selected bills. Beginning with bills created during the 2003-04 biennium, page and line numbers are not displayed.

 

          Combine to Browser (HTM) combines the selected bills and displays the resulting combination in html format in the browser.

 

          Combine to Acrobat (PDF) (Official Copy) combines the selected bills in Adobe Acrobat and displays them in the browser. This option prints an official, line-for-line, page-for-page version of the selected bills.

                Detailed Legislative Reports will automatically insert page breaks between the Adobe documents so each new document starts on a new page.

 

          Add to a Bill Tracking List adds the selected bills to a selected bill tracking list. This feature is only available if you are logged in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system.

                This feature is available for the current biennium only.

 

3.   Click Combine to combine the bills in the selected manner.

 


Companion Bill Report


The Companion Bill Report identifies bills that are identical or substantially similar at the time of introduction. The report includes the requested bill number and its companion, the brief title, the current status, veto information, and the date. By tracking the companion bill, it is possible to determine which version of the bill is moving through the Legislature.

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Companion Bill Report.

 

2.   If you wish to search a biennium other than the default, click the Biennium list button, then click the desired biennium.

 

3.   Enter the bill number in the Enter the Bill Number field.

 

          You may use a wild card in this report. For example, if you type 101* in the bill number field, the report displays all bills from 1010 to 1019. If you place the wild card in the second position, for example, 10*, the report displays all bills from 1000 to 1099. To run the report for all bills, simply type * in the field. The report for all bills takes a few minutes to run.

 

3.   Press Enter or click Continue.

 

Running the Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

You may customize your report to display bills that have moved (that is, the bills' status has changed) on or since a certain date. You may also bold-face bills that match selected date options.

 

1.   With a Selected Step Report result report visible, click the Date Options link.

 

2.   Click the Bold/List only bills list button.

 

                Click Bold bills to display the full list of bills and bold-face bills that meet the specified date selection.

 

                Click List only bills to display only bills that meet the specified date criteria.

 

3.   Click in the Date field and type the date to which you want to base your criteria. You may also click the calendar list button, then click the date you wish to use. For example, typing 1/15/06 would produce a report that either bolds or only lists bills that have had a status changes since January 15, 2006.

 

4.   Press Enter or click Update Display. You can return to the original view at any time by clicking the Clear Date Options link.

 

Custom Sorting

Given the nature of the information displayed, sorting is not available for this report.

 

Report Links

    Click Docs to retrieve a list of documents related to the bill. Select from the links that appear in Text of a Legislative Document.

 

          Click (B) to display, save, print, or send the document as a browser-based html file.

 

          Click (A) to display the text in Adobe Acrobat. This option retrieves a line-for-line, page-for-page copy of the selected document that you may print from. Only those documents that have an Acrobat version have the (A) link. You cannot edit the Acrobat version of a document. To print an official copy of the bill, click the Print icon from the Adobe toolbar.

 

    Click the bill number link to display the Bill Summary Page.

 

    If the bill was vetoed or partially vetoed, click the V or PV next to the Date field to access the text of the veto message.

 

    Click the link to the sponsor’s name to display a sponsor report. Click the desired report (Primary, Secondary, or All).

 

    To print or view reports without the links, click Print List on the command bar above the report title. A new window opens to display the report without links.

 

Printing and Combining Documents

Printing the Results List

To print the report, click the Print button on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing a Single Document

1.   Click the Docs link to display a list of documents specific to the bill number from Text of a Legislative Document.

 

2.   Click the display option to the left of the bill number that you wish to use.

          To print an official copy of a bill or amendment, click the (A) Adobe option and click the printer button on the Adobe toolbar.

 

3.   Click the Print button on the browser toolbar; click File, Print on the browser menu; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing Multiple Documents

You may select several bills on the list for printing or reviewing at one time. This is referred to as combining documents.

 

1.   Select the bills in one of the following ways:

          Click the check box next to each desired bill; or,

 

          Click in the check box in the blue header bar to select all bills.

 

2.   Scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the following items:

          Combine to Word Processor combines the selected bills. Beginning with bills created during the 2003-04 biennium, page and line numbers are not displayed.

 

          Combine to Browser (HTM) combines the selected bills and displays the resulting combination in html format in the browser.

 

          Combine to Acrobat (PDF) (Official Copy) combines the selected bills in Adobe Acrobat and displays them in the browser. This option prints an official, line-for-line, page-for-page version of the selected bills.

                Detailed Legislative Reports will automatically insert page breaks between the Adobe documents so each new document starts on a new page.

 

          Add to a Bill Tracking List adds the selected bills to a selected bill tracking list. This feature is only available if you are logged in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system.

                This feature is available for the current biennium only.

 

3.   Click Combine to combine the bills in the selected manner.

 


Legislative Actions Report


The Legislative Actions Report displays the actions on bills in the order the actions took place on the floor. The report can bring you up to date on floor activities when you have been away.

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Legislative Actions Report.

 

2.   Type the date for which you wish to review floor actions in the Date field.

 

3.   If you wish to designate a starting time for the report, press Tab and type the time.

 

4.   Click the radio button for the desired chamber (House, Senate, or Both).

 

5.   Click Continue.

 

    Please note that the end time for all reports is Midnight on the day you select. For example, if you enter 2/1/2006 as the date and 9:00 am as the start time, you will get a report listing all actions recorded between 9:00 am and Midnight on February 1, 2006.


To print or view a report without links, click Print List on the command bar above the report title. To print this report, click the Print icon on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.

 

Custom Sorting

Given the nature of the information displayed, sorting is not available for this report.

 

Report Links

    Click Docs to retrieve a list of documents related to the bill. Select from the links that appear in the resulting report.

 

          Click (B) to display, save, print, or send the document as a browser-based html file.

 

          Click (A) to display the text in Adobe Acrobat. This option retrieves a line-for-line, page-for-page copy of the selected document that you may print from. Only those documents that have an Acrobat version have the (A) link. You cannot edit the Acrobat version of a document. To print an official copy of the bill, click the Print icon on the Adobe toolbar.

 

    Click the bill number link to display the Bill Summary Page.

 

    To print or view reports without the links, click Print List on the command bar above the report title. A new window opens to display the report without links.

 

Printing and Combining Documents

Printing the Results List

To print the list of documents, click the Print icon on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing a Single Document

1.   Click Docs beside the document name to display a list of documents specific to the bill.

 

2.   Click the display option to the left of the bill number that you wish to use.

          To print an official copy of a bill or amendment, click the (A) Adobe option and click the printer button on the Adobe toolbar.

 

3.   Click the Print button on the browser toolbar; click File, Print on the browser menu; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing Multiple Documents

You may select several documents on the list for printing or reviewing at one time. This is referred to as combining documents.

 

1.   Select the documents in one of the following ways:

          Click the check box next to each desired document.

 

          Click in the check box in the blue header bar to select all documents.

 

2.   Scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the following items:

          Combine to Word Processor combines the selected documents. Beginning with documents created during the 2003-04 biennium, page and line numbers are not displayed.

 

          Combine to Browser (HTM) combines the selected documents and displays the resulting combination in html format in the browser.

 

          Combine to Acrobat (PDF) (Official Copy) combines the selected documents in Adobe Acrobat and displays them in the browser. This option prints an official, line-for-line, page-for-page version of the selected documents.

                Detailed Legislative Reports will automatically insert page breaks between the Adobe documents so each new document starts on a new page.

 

          Add to a Bill Tracking List adds the selected documents to a selected bill tracking list you’ve already created. This feature is only available if you are logged in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system.

                This feature is available for the current biennium only.

 

3.   Click Combine to combine the documents in the selected manner.



 

Statistical Reports


This report provides some general statistics for the session to date. It shows the main steps of the legislative process and the number of bills currently in that step.

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Statistical Report.

 

2.   Click the radio button for the desired chamber. (The default is Both.)

 

3.   Press Enter or click Continue.


To print the report, click the Print button on the toolbar; click File, Print on the menu bar, or press Ctrl+P.



Topical Index


The Topical Index is very useful when researching bills affecting a specific subject because it offers information by bill number or main subject heading. When you select a subject, you get a subset of the Topical Index prepared by the Code Reviser's Office. The indexers have developed a set of headings over the years. Most people do not know what those headings are, so alphabetical links have been included to display the headings.

 

    If you wish to search by word, phrase, or search string, use WSL Search.


You may generate two types of reports. A bill number search shows you the topics the indexer has assigned to a particular bill. A subject heading search (which you will probably use most often) displays the bills the indexer has assigned to the selected topic. An alphabetical search displays the headings in that category and the bills that have been classified within those headings. Bills that are bolded have passed the Legislature.

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Topical Index.

 

2.   If you wish to search a biennium other than the default, click the Biennium list button, then click the desired biennium.

 

3.   For bill number or subject heading searches,

      a.   Click the By Bill Number or By Subject radio button.

      b.   Type the bill number or subject heading in the text field.

      c.   Ensure that the applicable bill number or topic is highlighted.

 

4.   Press Enter or click Continue.

 

   To do an alphabetical search, click the letter corresponding to the category you wish to review, or click All to view the entire index.


To print or view a report without links, click Print Version in the top right corner of the report. To print this report, click the Print icon on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P. Click Graphic Version to return to the original report view.

 

Report Links

    Click a subject link to view all bills that are applicable to that subject.

 

    Click a bill number link to display the history and roll call information, if it exists, via the Bill Summary Page.

 

    Click “See” or “See also” links to display related topics.

 

    Click Docs to view documents about the bill from Text of a Legislative Document.


Paper Hanging Report


The Paper Hanging Report displays those bills which are available for amendment. The term paper hanging means a bill that is not going to make a cut-off date is made into an amendment to a bill that will make the cut-off. The conditions under which this can happen are governed by the state constitution. The paper hanging bill must comply with the single theme rule for legislation. For example, a bill to amend the RCW governing salmon fishing could not be hung on a bill to amend the RCW governing teenage driver restrictions.

 

Running the Report

1.   On the Detailed Legislative Reports home page, click Paper Hanging Reports.

 

2.   Click the radio button for the desired bill status.

 

          House Bills out of House Committees

 

          House Bills on House 2nd Reading

 

          House Bills Passed the House

 

          House Bills out of Senate Committees

 

          House Bills on Senate 2nd Reading

 

          Senate Bills out of Senate Committees

 

          Senate Bills on Senate 2nd Reading

 

          Senate Bills Passed the Senate

 

          Senate Bills out of House Committees

 

          Senate Bills on House 2nd Reading

 

3.   To sort the list in alphabetical or bill number order, click the appropriate radio button.

 

4.   Press Enter or click Continue.

 

Running the Report Based on Action Since a Particular Date

You may customize your report to display bills that have moved (that is, the bills' status has changed) on or since a certain date. You may also bold-face bills that match selected date options.

 

1.   With a Paper Hanging result report visible, click the Date Options link.

 

2.   Click the Bold/List only bills list button.

 

                Click Bold bills to display the full list of bills and bold-face bills that meet the specified date selection.

 

                Click List only bills to display only bills that meet the specified date criteria.

 

3.   Click in the Date field and type the date to which you want to base your criteria. You may also click the calendar list button, then click the date you wish to use. For example, typing 1/15/06 would produce a report that either bolds or only lists bills that have had a status changes since January 15, 2006.

 

4.   Press Enter or click Update Display. You can return to the original view at any time by clicking the Clear Date Options link.

 

Custom Sorting

Bills are displayed in ascending order by bill number. To sort the report result list by a different category, click the column heading. For example, to sort the report result list by the last action date, click the Date heading. The first click sorts in ascending order; the second click sorts in descending order.

 

Report Links

    Click Docs to retrieve a list of documents related to the bill. Select from the links that appear in Text of a Legislative Document.

 

          Click (B) to display, save, print, or send the document as a browser-based html file.

 

          Click (A) to display the text in Adobe Acrobat. This option retrieves a line-for-line, page-for-page copy of the selected document that you may print from. Only those documents that have an Acrobat version have the (A) link. You cannot edit the Acrobat version of a document. To print an official copy of the bill, click the Print icon from the Adobe toolbar.

    Click the bill number link to display the Bill Summary Page.

 

    If the bill was vetoed or partially vetoed, click the V or PV next to the Date field to access the text of the veto message.

 

    Click the link to the sponsor’s name to display a sponsor report. Click the desired report (Primary, Secondary, or All).

 

    To print or view reports without the links, click Print List on the command bar above the report title. A new window opens to display the report without links.

 

Printing and Combining Documents

Printing the Results List

To print the report, click the Print button on the tool bar; click File, Print on the menu bar; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing a Single Document

1.   Click the Docs link to display a list of documents specific to the bill number from Text of a Legislative Document.

 

2.   Click the display option to the left of the bill number that you wish to use.

          To print an official copy of a bill or amendment, click the (A) Adobe option and click the printer button on the Adobe toolbar.

 

3.   Click the Print button on the browser toolbar; click File, Print on the browser menu; or press Ctrl+P.


Printing Multiple Documents

You may select several bills on the list for printing or reviewing at one time. This is referred to as combining documents.

 

1.   Select the bills in one of the following ways:

          Click the check box next to each desired bill; or,

 

          Click in the check box in the blue header bar to select all bills.

 

2.   Scroll to the end of the list and choose one of the following items:

          Combine to Word Processor combines the selected bills. Beginning with bills created during the 2003-04 biennium, page and line numbers are not displayed.

 

          Combine to Browser (HTM) combines the selected bills and displays the resulting combination in html format in the browser.

 

          Combine to Acrobat (PDF) (Official Copy) combines the selected bills in Adobe Acrobat and displays them in the browser. This option prints an official, line-for-line, page-for-page version of the selected bills.

                Detailed Legislative Reports will automatically insert page breaks between the Adobe documents so each new document starts on a new page.

 

          Add to a Bill Tracking List adds the selected bills to a selected bill tracking list. This feature is only available if you are logged in to the Detailed Legislative Reports system.

                This feature is available for the current biennium only.

 

3.   Click Combine to combine the bills in the selected manner.

 



Floor Activity Reports (FAR)–House and Senate


The Floor Activity Report (FAR) became available during the 2003 session. It allows the public to follow legislation on the floor without having to be in the chamber. There are two versions of FAR: one for the House and one for the Senate.


Through the application, members and staff may:

•Access various calendars, for example, the House Floor Calendar. Within the calendar, customers may access links to related bill information, roll call votes, sponsors, and amendments.


    See updates as actions are taken on the bills on the calendar.

 

•View the information on the House and Senate display boards. The boards may be opened in a separate window for viewing convenience through the day.


    Check floor activity for any day of session.

 

Accessing FAR

1.Click House Floor Activity Report or Senate Floor Activity Report, depending on which chamber’s activity you wish to see.

 

2.   If there is current floor activity, the screen opens to the current activity. If there is no current activity, click the date list button beneath the report title, click the desired floor activity report date, then click Go.

 

3.To switch to the other chamber’s activity report, click Senate Reports or House Reports at the top of the page.

 

Selecting Reports

When you first open FAR, the House Floor Calendar, and if applicable, Suspension Calendar for the current date appears. To access Concurrence/Dispute calendars and calendars from previous session days, click the desired report and the report date from the dropdown lists beneath the Floor Activity title, and click Go.

 

Report Links

1.   To view the history of a bill within FAR, click the bill number. The Bill Summary Page appears.

 

2.   To view fiscal notes on a bill, click the f or # link in the Flag field.

 

3.   To view a roll call on a bill, click the vote link in the Floor Action field.

 

4.   To see committee or floor amendments, click the A or C link to the left of the bill number.

 

5.   Items in blue bold-face in the House version of FAR and items in black bold-face in the Senate version of FAR indicate which bills had floor activity during the date of the calendar report.

 

6.   To open the display board for the respective chamber, click Senate Display Board or House Display Board at the top of the page. The display board appears in a separate window.

 

Changing the Report Sort Order

The FAR may be adjusted so that it sorts by various report headings.

 

1.   Click the category heading you wish to sort by, such as sponsor. The first click arranges the items in ascending order; a second click rearranges the items in descending order.

 

2.   To return to the original sort order, click the “up” or “down” arrow to the right of the field that was sorted.

 

FAR Options

    The House bills to be heard next may be moved to the top of the calendar. After selecting the type and date of calendar, click the Show next bills check box in the light-blue subtitle bar. The next bills to be heard appear at the top of the calendar.

 

    The Senate calendar may be used on multiple days. To be assured that you are looking at the current calendar, click the date list button and click the Today option. Click Go to open the calendar.

 

    If you wish to follow the bill that’s being discussed on the floor, click the Follow current item check box. The system will locate the item on the FAR list.

 

    The FAR allows members to manage their notes and votes directly in the application. Click the Show notes check box at the top of the page. Click the Add a new note link, which is located beneath each bill to open the Bill Note Editor and type a note for the bill. Click Save & Close to save the note and display it in the FAR.

 

Special Bill Links

There are some special links related to the bills in the Floor Activity Report. If applicable, they appear to the left of the bill number on the calendar.

 

far_a_icon.gif

A floor amendment to this bill has been offered. Click the link to view the list of floor amendments for this bill. From the result list, click the amendment to view specific text.

 

far_c_icon.gif

There is a committee amendment to this bill. Committee amendment links operate the same as the floor amendment above.

 

far_n_icon.gif

There are personal notes attached to this bill. Click the link to view the note.


A “Y”, “N”, or “?” to the left of the bill number indicates a member’s planned vote on a bill if it was stored in the FAR. The “?” next to the bill means that a vote hasn’t been recorded yet. This is not the member’s actual vote, but a way for them to plan.


Within the Flg heading are other helpful links.

 

#          Indicates a local fiscal note. Click the link to access the OFM website. From there, you may view the fiscal note for the bill.

 

f          Indicates a state fiscal note. Click the link to go to the OFM website.


Additional information codes that are not linked within the reports include:


$                Appropriation


e                By request of the Governor


d                By request of a department


b                By request of JLARC


o                By request of others


Fiscal Note Web Site (OFM)


This link to the Office of Financial Management is the public version of the fiscal note system. It allows you to locate fiscal notes with simple searches and view them with Adobe Acrobat.

 

Accessing the Fiscal Note Web Site

Click Fiscal Notes (OFM) from left side navigation, under the “Outside the Legislature” section.

 

Running the Report

The minimum requirements for a search is the biennium year and at least one of the other criteria listed.

 

1.   Enter the session year.

 

2.   Enter any of the following additional criterion.

 

          Bill Number–Type the numerical value only. No prefix or suffix is required.

          Bill Title–Type a key word or words that appear in the bill title.

          Publication Date–Type the From date and the To date to request a range of reports.

                Enter only the From date to list all fiscal notes from that date forward.

                Enter only the To date to list all fiscal notes from the beginning of the biennium up to the date entered.

 

3.   Click Search to start the search.






Appendixes

 


Appendixes

The following appendixes appear in this manual:

 

          Appendix A—Legislative Document Ranges

 

          Appendix B—Document Naming Conventions

 

          Appendix C—Standing Committee Acronyms

 

          Appendix D—Current Status Abbreviations

 

          Appendix E—Sponsor Acronyms

 

          Appendix F—Legislative Process Overview

 

          Appendix G—Finding and Using Documents and Reports


Appendix A—Legislative Document Ranges



You can tell what type of bill you're dealing with by the bill number.


House Bills (HB)

1000–3899

Jointly Sponsored House Bills*

3900-3999

House Joint Memorials (HJM)

4000–4199

House Joint Resolutions (HJR)

4200–4399

House Concurrent Resolutions (HCR)

4400–4599

House Resolutions (HR)

4600–4999

Senate Bills (SB)

5000–7999

Jointly Sponsored Senate Bills*

7900-7999

Senate Joint Memorials (SJM)

8000–8199

Senate Joint Resolutions (SJR)

8200–8399

Senate Concurrent Resolutions (SCR)

8400–8599

Senate Resolutions (SR)

8600–8899

Digests of Governor’s Appointments

9000–9999

 

    For the 1997-98 Biennium, the House and Senate approved the creation of bills sponsored by members of both houses. Jointly sponsored House bills begin with HB 3900; jointly sponsored Senate bills begin with 7900.


If you wish to see the text of an initiative, you must type Ini* to see a list of all initiatives, or Ini* plus the number to retrieve a specific initiative.


                  Ini* or Ini*159



Appendix B—Document Naming Conventions



Bills as originally introduced are given a number without an extension (see Appendix A for examples of number ranges and their significance). As legislation moves through the process, additional versions may be created. Which version or document type you are dealing with is indicated by the naming convention.


CENTRAL FILES DOCUMENT NAMES

(Can be accessed through Text of Legislative Document)

Example

Description

1008

HB 1008

1008-S

Substitute HB 1008

1008

Engrossed HB 1008

1008-S2.E2

Second Engrossed Second Substitute HB 1008

1008.PL

HB 1008 as it Passed the Legislature

1008.SL

Session Law version of HB 1008

1008.DIG

Digest for HB 1008

1008.FBR

Final Bill Report for HB 1008

1008.HBR

House Bill Report for HB 1008

1008.SBR

Senate Bill Report for HB 1008

1008 SCOPE1

Scope and object ruling for HB 1008 (first one)

1008-S AAS

All amendments as adopted by the Senate on Substitute HB 1008 combined into one document

1008-S AMC

Adopted Conference Amendment on Substitute HB 1008 (Note: The amendment extension may be followed by four letters indicating the member who sponsored the amendment, four letters indicating the staff person who prepared the amendment, and a number indicating the amendment set.)

1008-S AMH

Amendments by the House on Substitute HB 1008 (Note: The amendment extension may be followed by four letters indicating the member who sponsored the amendment, four letters indicating the staff person who prepared the amendment, and a number indicating the amendment set.)

1008-S AMS

Amendments by the Senate on Substitute HB 1008 (Note: The amendment extension may be followed by four letters indicating the member who sponsored the amendment, four letters indicating the staff person who prepared the amendment, and a number indicating the amendment set.)

1008-S CONF WELS 1

Conference Report on Substitute HB 1008 prepared by Welsh

1008.VTO

6010-S.VTO

Governor’s Veto Message for HB 1008

Governor’s Veto Message for SSB 6010

1008-S SCOPE

Ruling by the presiding officer on amendment(s) for Substitute House Bill 1008

AGH

Individual committee agendas for the House

AGS

Individual committee agendas for the Senate

AMENDMENTS

Amendments to State or U.S. Constitution

CERTIFICATE

Certificate to State Constitution

CHAPTER TO BILL TABLE

List of bills that passed the Legislature, in chamber number order and bill number order

COM 36/01

House list of bills reported by standing committee (# is legislative day, followed by session year)

CONSTITUTION

U.S. Constitution (for the Washington State Constitution, see WASHINGTON CONSTITUTION)

DAILY SCHED 02/15/01

Daily committee meeting schedule for February 15, 2001

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Declaration of Independence

DIGEST

Digest to U.S. Constitution

DIGEST SUPPLEMENTS

ED1SUP1 displays the Digest Supplements for the 2002 Regular session. ED0SUP1 displays the Digest Supplement for the 2001 Regular session. Use the asterisk to display all supplements for a session year, for example, ED0SUP* lists all 160 digest documents.

ENABLING ACT

Enabling Act—text of the act that authorized statehood for Washington

ETHICS2000.01

Opinion 01 of the 2000 Legislative Ethics Board

HJ 99 001

Daily House Journal for legislative day 1 of the 1999 Regular Session. (NOTE: two digit year prior to 2000)

 HJ 2000 001

Daily House Journal for legislative day 1 of the 2000 Regular Session (NOTE: four digit year after 1999)

HOUSE COMBINED CALENDAR

Listing that combines bills to be introduced, on second reading, on third reading, and the concurrence calendar of the House

INDEX

Index by Order of Adoption (amendments to State Constitution) or Index (to State Constitution)

INITIATIVE 601

Initiative 601

INTRO 34/01

House list of bills to be introduced (# is legislative day/year)

INTRODUCTIONS 1/13/00

Senate list of bills introduced January 13, 2000

Note: The five digit date is required prior to the year 2001.

MONTHLY SCHED SEPT/OCT 99

Monthly Committee Schedule for September/October 1999 (Note: Date formatting is different from year to year. Use an asterisk following SCHED in the biennium of your choice.

ORGANIC ACT

Organic Act—text of the act that established the territorial government of Washington

PH HB

Paper hanging reports for House bills

PH SB

Paper hanging reports for Senate bills

PREFILED 1/4/01

Senate list of prefiled bills as of January 4, 2001

PREFILED HOUSE 1-2-01

House list of prefiled bills as of January 2, 2001

RCW 1.08.010 or

RCW 1.08

Revised Code of Washington, Section 1.08.010, or display all sections found under Title 1, Chapter 8

ROST

Senate rosters 1993 through 1998 (House rosters are available on the Legislature's home page)

RULES CON 46/01

House Rules Consideration session day 46 of 2001 session year. (RULES * for all rules)

RULES REVIEW 82/01

House Rules Review session day 82 of 2001 session year. (RULES * for all rules)

RULES SENATE 1999

Senate Rules for 1999

RULES X

House Rules X list (bills that "died" in House Rules Committee)

S FRAN 00

Voting record for Sen. Rosa Franklin for the 2000 Session

SENATE COMBINED CALENDAR

Listing that combines bills to be introduced, on second reading, on third reading, and the concurrence calendar of the Senate

SESSION CALENDAR

Schedule of committee and floor cut-off dates

SOURCES

Sources of State Constitution

SRT 01-065

Senate Roll Call Transcript for 2001 Legislative Day 65

STANDING 03/03/00

Senate list of bills reported by standing committees on March 3, 2000. The six digit date is required for years 2000 and earlier.

STANDING 01/23/2001

Senate list of bills reported by standing committees on January 23, 2001. Eight digit date required after 2000.

SUMMARY

Select Summary of State or U.S. Constitution

WAC 388-12-010 or

WAC 388-12

Washington Administrative Code, Section 388-12-010, or display all sections found under Title 388, Chapter 12 (Note: Use WSL Search to access current WAC sections)

WASHINGTON CONSTITUTION

Washington State Constitution

WEEKLY SCHED 02/21/00

Weekly Committee Schedule beginning February 21, 2000

WSR 99-02-001 or

WSR 99-02

Washington State Register for 99-02-001 or display all sections found under WSR 99-02



Appendix C—Action Abbreviations



CURRENT STATUS ABBREVIATIONS

* indicates variable information (committee name, substitute number, bill number, etc.).


Status Phrase

Description

1st Reading

First reading

2nd Reading

Second reading

2nd ReadSCal

On House second reading Suspension calendar

3rd Reading

Third reading

adheres

The chamber adheres to its position

adh/H concur

adh/S concur

The chamber adheres and asks the other house to concur

Adopted

Resolution adopted

Adopted 3rd

Adopted on third reading

Adopted/Rule

Adopted by Rules committee

Amended

Bill has been amended

ask H recede

ask S recede

The chamber asks the other chamber to recede

Before Senate

Placed before Senate

C * L **

Chapter * of Laws of * year

C * L * E *

Chapter * of Laws of * year—Special Session

concur part

The chamber concurs in certain amendments

concurred

Concurred in amendments from the second house

confirm

Majority; do confirm

Confirm

SGA confirmed

Confirm Cal

Placed on Confirmation Calendar

Del to Gov

Delivered to Governor

DNP

Do Not Pass

DNP*S

Do Not Pass 1st, 2nd, etc., Substitute

DNS

Do Not Substitute

DP

Do Pass

DP w/oA *

Do Pass without amendments by [committee]

DPA

Do Pass with amendment(s)

DP*S

Do Pass 1st, 2nd, etc., Substitute

DP*SA

Do Pass with amendment(s) to 1st, 2nd, etc., Substitute

Failed 3rd

Failed on third reading

Failed FP

Failed on final passage

Filed Sec/St

Filed with the Secretary of State

Floor

Committee relieved of further consideration

Gov no action

No gubernatorial action

Gov part veto

Partially vetoed by Governor

Gov signed

Signed by Governor

Gov vetoed

Vetoed by Governor

Held

Held for further consideration

In dispute

Bill in dispute

Indef postpd

Indefinitely postponed

ind/pos

Majority; indefinitely postpone

insists

The chamber insists on its position

ins/conf

The chamber insists and asks for a conference

ins/H concur

ins/S concur

The chamber insists and asks the other house to concur

ins/H recede

ins/S recede

The chamber insists and asks the other house to recede

no confrm

Majority; do not confirm

Not adopted

Resolution not adopted

Not confirm

SGA not confirmed

Not subst for

Substitute bill not substituted

Notice recon

Notice given to reconsider vote on third reading

Out of order

Ruled out of order

Passed 3rd

Passed third reading

Passed FP

Passed on final passage

Prefiled

Prefiled for Introduction

Pres signed

Signed by President of the Senate

recede part

The chamber recedes from certain amendments

receded

The chamber recedes from its position

ref/H recede

ref/S recede

The chamber refuses to concur and asks the other house to recede

ref concur

The chamber refuses to concur

ref con/conf

The chamber refuses to concur and asks for a conference

ref recede

The chamber refuses to recede from its amendments

ref rec/conf

The chamber refuses to recede and asks for a conference

refuses conf

The chamber refuses to grant a request for conference

ref& *

Majority; refer to * committee

Resigned

Appointee resigned; appointment withdrawn

Ret to Gov

Returned to Governor

Rules 2

Passed to Rules committee for second reading—Senate

Rules 2 G

Made eligible to be placed on second reading—Senate

Rules 3

Passed to Rules committee for third reading—Senate

Rules 3C

On Rules Consideration list for third reading—House

Rules 3G

Made eligible to be placed on third reading—Senate

Rules C

On Rules Consideration list for second reading—House

Rules R

On Rules Review list for second reading—House

Spkr signed

Signed by Speaker of the House

Subst for

Substitute bill adopted

Tabled

Tabled

Term expired

Appointee’s term expired; appointment withdrawn

Veto override

Veto overridden

Veto sustain

Veto sustained

w/o Rec

Majority; without recommendation



Appendix D—Overview of the Legislative Process



Step

Explanation

Prefiled Bills

     Members can prefile bills in the month before session begins. The House and Senate have different dates for prefiling bills. Prefiled bills will be officially introduced the first day of the session.

Introduction

First Reading of Bills

     The first thing that happens to bills on the floor is introduction and first reading. Bills must have three readings in each house in order to pass the Legislature.

     Bills are referred to committee on first reading. Leadership determines which committee will hear which bills. This is usually influenced by the subject matter of a bill. Bills that require an appropriation or raise revenue usually go to a fiscal committee after they have been reviewed by a policy committee. When bills are introduced, a motion is made to refer the bills to the committees designated. The motion may be altered by the members on the floor.

Committee Action

     The chair of each committee works with leadership and staff to schedule bills to be heard by the committee. Committees hold three kinds of meetings: (1) work sessions, where issues are determined and reviewed; (2) public hearings, where testimony from interested parties is taken; and (3) executive sessions, where the committee decides how it will report the bill to the whole house. Not all bills get scheduled for hearing, so many bills never get out of committee.

     Bills can be reported in several ways, the most usual being “do pass” (pass the bill just as it is), “do pass as amended” (pass the bill as amended by the committee), and “do pass substitute” (the committee offers a different version to take the place of the original bill). The members sign the majority report; those members who disagree with the majority may sign a minority report or they may just sign as “do not pass.” Most bills reported out of committee do not have minority reports.

     As a bill moves through the committee process, the staff prepares the bill report. The bill report includes a legislative history of the bill, the background of the issue, a summary of the legislation, the names of those who testified on the bill, and a summary of the testimony for and against the bill. The bill report is edited as the bill moves through the process. When the bill moves to the opposite house, that house also prepares a bill report. A bill that passes the Legislature will have a House Bill Report, Senate Bill Report, and a Final Bill Report.

     At the beginning of the session, both houses agree on dates by which bills have to be reported out of committee in order to be eligible for further consideration by the Legislature. There is a cut-off date for bills to be out of committee in the first house and one for bills to be out of committee in the second house.

Committee Reports

     After a bill is reported out of committee, it is brought to the floor to be read or reported on the floor, where it will be referred to Rules Committee or to another standing committee.

Rules Committee

     When a bill has been reported out of committee, the floor acts on the committee report and then passes the bill to the Rules Committee, or the bill may be referred to another standing committee.

     It is within the Rules Committee that leadership can exercise the most control over the process. The Rules Committee is made up of members from both parties in proportion to their strength in the chamber. Each member on the committee gets to select two or three bills that will move on to the next step in the process. The bills a member selects could be the result of a party caucus, or another member approaching that member, or a piece of legislation about which the member feels strongly.

Rules Review

Rules White

     The first step in the Rules Committee process is called Rules Review in the House and Rules White in the Senate (the report that lists the bills in this step in the Senate is printed on white paper). Rules Committee members review the bills and decide whether or not to move them on to the next step.

Rules Consideration

Rules Green

     The next step is called Rules Consideration in the House and Rules Green in the Senate (the report is printed on green paper). It is another step where leadership can exercise control of the process. (Sometimes bills skip this step and are placed on the calendar for second reading directly from Rules Review or Rules White.)

Calendars

Bill Report Books

     The Rules Committee decides when bills will be scheduled for second reading. The bills which will probably require some debate are placed on the regular calendar. The Rules Committee also decides whether a bill will be placed on the regular calendar or on the suspension/consent calendar. Bills that are probably not controversial are placed on the suspension calendar in the House, and on the consent calendar in the Senate.

     Each house prepares documents that list the bills scheduled to be heard on the floor. The House prepares bill report books (containing an order of contents and a bill report for each bill on the calendar) and floor calendars (a list of the bills, a short title for each, and the committee recommendation for each). The Senate prepares calendars (with a table of contents and the bill report for each bill) and flash calendars (the list with the brief descriptions and committee recommendations for each bill).

Second Reading of Bills

     It is on second reading that the merits of legislation are discussed on the floor. It is here, too, where members can offer amendments to the bill or to amendments that were adopted in committee.

     If a bill has been amended in committee and those amendments are adopted on the floor, or if floor amendments have been adopted in the (first) house of origin, the bill is ordered engrossed. Engrossing a bill means incorporating the amendments into the body of the bill so that the second house gets one complete document.

     If a bill from the first house has been amended in the second house, it is returned to the first house with the amendments attached, so that the first house can decide whether or not it wishes to agree with the changes made by the second house.

Third Reading of Bills

Seventh Order of Business

     It is on third reading that the roll call vote on final passage is taken. If the bill passes, it continues in the process. If the bill fails on final passage, it goes no further. In controversial matters, the house may decide to reconsider the vote that was taken. The house must vote on the motion to reconsider the vote by which the bill passed or failed to pass. If the motion to reconsider passes, the house has twenty-four hours in which to take another final passage vote.

     At the beginning of the session, both houses agree to several dates by which bills have to be passed out of the houses of origin and finally passed out of the second (opposite) houses. These dates are called cutoff dates.

Concurrence Calendar

Bills in Dispute

Conference Committees

     If the bill has been amended by the second house, the first house has to decide whether or not it will concur in the amendments. Leadership decides which bills that were returned from the second house will be discussed and places those bills on the concurrence calendar (House) or concurring calendar (Senate). If the first house concurs in the amendments, a final passage vote on the bill as amended by the other house is taken. The bill has then passed the Legislature.

     If the first house disagrees with the second house (bills in dispute), it can ask the second house to recede from its amendments. If the second house recedes, it will take a vote without the amendments; the bill has then passed the Legislature. A bill may go back and forth between houses several times.

     If the two houses cannot resolve their differences, one of them can ask for a conference on the bill. If both houses agree to a conference, each house appoints members to be on the conference committee and they will try to resolve the differences. If they agree on a solution, the conference committee writes a report relating to the compromise. If both houses adopt the conference committee report, a vote is taken in both houses on final passage as recommended by the conference committee or as amended by the conference committee. If both houses adopt the conference committee report, a final passage vote is taken. If one house does not adopt the conference committee report (whether by vote or by inaction), the bill has not passed.

Enrolling a Bill

     Once a bill has passed the Legislature, it is enrolled. A Certificate of Enrollment is attached that indicates the votes on and dates of final passage. A signature block is added to the bill and, if necessary, amendments from the second house or the conference committee are incorporated into the body of the bill. The bill is signed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. The bill is then taken to the Governor for his or her action.

Governor's actions

     After reviewing a bill, the Governor has a given number of days to act on it, and may decide to sign it, veto part of it, or veto all of it. If the Governor vetoes part or all of it, the Legislature may later vote to override the veto. (Bills that contain vetoes are returned with the Governor’s message to the house of origin.) For bills that pass the Legislature within the last five days of a session, the Governor has until 20 days after adjournment, excluding Sundays, to act on them, or they automatically become law. From the Governor's desk, the bills that will be law go to the Secretary of State, who assigns a chapter number.

     Resolutions and Memorials do not go to the Governor. They are delivered directly to the Secretary of State. These documents cannot be vetoed. The Secretary of State carries out the provisions in the documents.

Carryover legislation

     The Legislature works within a two-year (biennial) cycle. For instance, the biennium of the 54th Session of the Legislature included the 1995 and 1996 Sessions. There were two regular sessions, a 105-day (long) session in 1995, and a 60-day (short) session in 1996. There could also have been any number of special sessions, each of which could last no longer than 30 days.

     Therefore, just because a bill did not make it all the way through during the regular session in the odd-numbered year (e.g., 1995) does not mean it is dead. At the end of the first annual session within a biennium, all bills from the opposite house are returned to the house of origin; so, if a House bill was in committee in the Senate when session ended, it was returned to the House. At the start of the next session, whether a special session or a regular session, bills from the previous session (of the same biennium) are reintroduced and retained in their present status.

     The carryover bills can be taken up again in subsequent sessions during the biennium. The first house can place a carryover bill on the calendar for third reading, pass it, and send it right back to the second house. The first house may also refer a carryover bill to a standing committee, thereby beginning its progression through the process again.

     In the even-numbered year of a biennial session, new bills and carryover bills must be considered. If a bill does not make it through the process by the end of the two-year cycle, it is dead.



Appendix E—Finding and Using Documents and Reports


When to Use Specific Documents and Reports


The first table is most helpful if you know a bill is at a particular stage in the legislative process. It details which documents and reports are most useful at the time of session indicated in the first column.


You will find documents by clicking Text of a Legislative Document and typing the document names as shown in the table below. Choose reports from the Detailed Legislative Reports menu.


When to Use Documents and Reports

("nnnn" indicates the bill number. "*" indicates a wildcard in the document name.)

Time of Session

Documents and Reports to Use

Prefiling

Document:     PREFILED mm/dd/yy

Introduction

Document:     STATUS

INTRO dd/yy (House) (dd indicates the legislative day. Preceding zeros are required.)

                       INTRODUCTIONS mm/dd/yy (Senate)

SHORT TITLES mm/dd/yy (Senate)

nnnn.DIG (bill digest)

Bills in committee in first house

Document:     DAILY SCHED mm/dd/yy

WEEKLY SCHED mm/dd/yy

AGH* (individual House agendas)

                       AGS* (individual Senate agendas)

COM dd (House)

STANDING mm/dd/yy (Senate 1999 and earlier)

                       STANDING mm/dd/yyyy (Senate 2000 and later)

nnnn.HBR (House Bill Report)

nnnn.SBR (Senate Bill Report)

Report:           Bills In/Out of Committee

Bills in Rules in first house

Report:           Selected Step House Rules Review

House Rules Consideration

House All Rules

Senate Rules White

Senate Rules Green

                                              Senate All Rules 

Bills on floor in first house

Document:     HOUSE COMBINED CALENDAR

SENATE COMBINED CALENDAR

SRT yy-ddd (Senate Roll Call Transcript) (ddd is Session day)

Report:           Selected Step House Second Reading

House Suspension Calendar

House Third Reading

Senate Second Reading

Senate Third Reading

Roll Calls on a Bill

Introduction and referral in second house

Document:     STATUS

INTRO dd/yy (House) (dd is Session day)

SHORT TITLES mm/dd/yy (Senate)

Bills in committee in second house

Document:     DAILY SCHED mm/dd/yy

WEEKLY SCHED mm/dd/yy

                       AGH* (individual House agendas)

                       AGS* (individual Senate agendas)

COM dd/yy (House) (ddd is Session day)

STANDING mm/dd/yy (Senate 1999 and earlier)

                       STANDING mm/dd/yyyy (Senate 2000 and later)

nnnn.HBR (House Bill Report)

nnnn.SBR (Senate Bill Report)

Report:           Bills In/Out of Committee

Bills in Rules in second house

Report:           Selected Step House Rules Review

House Rules Consideration

House All Rules

Senate Rules White

Senate Rules Green

Senate All Rules

Bills on floor in second house

Document:     HOUSE COMBINED CALENDAR

SENATE COMBINED CALENDAR

SRT yy-ddd (Senate Roll Call Transcript)

Report:           Selected Step House Second Reading

House Suspension Calendar

House Third Reading

Senate Second Reading

Senate Third Reading

Roll Calls on a Bill

Concurrence/dispute

Document:     HOUSE COMBINED CALENDAR

SENATE COMBINED CALENDAR

Report:           Selected Step Concurrence

In dispute

Conference

Document:     nnnn* AMC (Conference committee report)

Report:           Selected Step Conference

Governor's Actions

Document:     nnnn*.SL (Session law version of bill; includes veto message)

nnnn*.DIG (includes veto message)

nnnn*.VTO

nnnn*.FBR (final bill report)

CHAPTER TO BILL TABLE

LEADER OFFLINE mm/dd/yy

Report:           Selected Step Governor's Actions

Interim

Document:     MONTHLY SCHED*

When You Know What You Need but Not How to Find It


The second table is most helpful when you know the type of document or information you need, but you are not sure how to find it.


You will find documents, indicated below by CAPITAL LETTERS, by clicking Text of a Legislative Document and typing the document names as shown in the table below. Choose reports from the Detailed Legislative Reports menu.


Description of Documents and Reports and Where to Find Them

(Document names are in CAPITAL LETTERS. "nnnn" indicates the bill number. "*" indicates a wildcard in the document name.)

Document/Report

Description

Naming Convention or Report Number

Amendments

Documents that propose changes to a bill; offered either in committee or on the floor.

nnnn*AMH (House amendment)


nnnn*AMS (Senate amendment)


nnnn*AMC (Conference committee report)

Bill reports

Documents prepared by committee staff. Bill reports provide the background of the issue and a summary of the legislation.

nnnn*HBR (House bill report)


nnnn*SBR (Senate bill report)


nnnn*FBR (Final bill report)

Bills

Documents that propose change to the Revised Code of Washington or the State Constitution.


If the bill proposes to add language to the section, that language is underlined; if the bill proposes to delete language from the section, that language is struck through.

nnnn (Bill as introduced)


nnnn-S (Substitute bill)


nnnn.E (Engrossed bill)


nnnn.PL (Bill as it passed the Legislature)


nnnn.SL (Session law version)

Calendars

Lists of bills to be heard on the floor on a given day

HOUSE COMBINED CALENDAR


SENATE COMBINED CALENDAR

Chapter to bill table

List of bills that have been assigned a chapter number by the Secretary of State, in chapter number order and in bill number order

CHAPTER TO BILL TABLE

Citation report

List of bills affecting a particular RCW title, chapter, or section.

Report: Bills by Citation

Committee reports

Lists prepared by the Work Rooms of bills that were reported out of committee on a particular day


If you wish to see who signed the majority and minority reports on a particular bill, retrieve the bill report.

COM dd/yy (House)


STANDING mm/dd/yy (Senate 1999 and earlier)

STANDING mm/dd/yyyy (Senate 2000 and later)

Committee schedules/agendas

Schedule of committee meetings, including date, time, room number, and bills scheduled to be heard


Individual House and Senate committee agendas

DAILY SCHED mm/dd/yy


WEEKLY SCHED mm/dd/yy


AGH cccc mm/dd/yy hh:mm am/pm

AGS cccc mm/dd/yy hh:mm am/pm

   (AGH JUD 03/04/99 1:00 pm)

Companion bill reports

Reports for bills that are identical to another at the time of introduction.

Report: Companion Bill Report

Concurrence

Bills amended in the second house and returned to the first house for consideration of the amendments

Report: Selected Step Reports,

Concurrence

Conference

List of bills assigned to conference committees to confer on the differences between the houses and to propose a solution

Report: Selected Step Reports,

Conference Committee

Cut-off dates

Schedule of committee and floor cut-off dates

SESSION CALENDAR

Daily schedules

Schedules of committee meetings on the day selected, including time, room number, and bills scheduled to be heard

DAILY SCHED mm/dd/yy

Daily status

List of all bills introduced and their current status

STATUS

Digest

Summary prepared by the Code Reviser's Office for each bill

nnnn*.DIG

Dispute

List of bills amended by the second house in which the first house does not concur

Report: Selected Step Reports, In Dispute

Engrossed bill

Bill that was amended in the first house. The amendments are worked into the bill before it is transmitted to the second house.

nnnn*.E

Enrolled Bill

Final version of the bill, which is delivered to the Governor for approval

nnnn*.PL

History of a bill

Chronological listing of all the actions that have taken place on a bill

Report: History of a Bill

Introduction lists

Lists of the bills that will be introduced on a selected day

INTRO dd/yy (House)


SHORT TITLES mm/dd/yy (Senate)

INTRODUCTIONS mm/dd/yy (Senate)

Leader Offline

List of bills that have moved from the first house to the second

LEADER OFFLINE mm/dd/yy

Monthly schedules

Interim committee schedules

MONTHLY *

Paper hanging reports

Reports of bills in certain legislative postures in bill number order or in alphabetical order by titles of bills


Provided to help members and staff find live bills on which to hang amendments

PH HB* (House bills)


PH SB* (Senate bills)


Report: Paper Hanging Reports

Passed Legislature version of bill

Bill as it passed the Legislature, including certificate of enrollment and amendments from the second house or conference committee

nnnn*.PL

Prefiled bills lists

Lists of bills prefiled prior to each annual session for introduction on the first day of session

PREFILED mm/dd/yy

RCWs affected

List of RCW sections, chapters, or titles affected by certain bills

RCW to Bill Table


Report: Bills by Citation

Roll call transcript

List of all roll call votes taken on a particular day

HRT yy-ddd (House)


SRT yy-ddd (Senate)

Roll calls on a bill

Report of all the roll call votes taken on a selected bill

Report: Roll Calls on a Bill

Rules Consideration list

List of bills that have been moved to the second step in the House Rules Committee

Report: Selected Step Reports, Rules Consideration (2nd)

Rules Consideration (3rd)

Rules Green Sheet

List of bills that have been moved to the second step in the Senate Rules Committee

Report: Selected Step Reports, Rules Green Sheet (2nd)

Rules Green Sheet (3rd)

Rules Review list

List of bills that have been reported out of House committee and referred to the House Rules Committee

Report: Selected Step Reports, Rules Review (2nd)

Rules Review (3rd)

Rules White Sheet

List of bills that have been reported out of Senate committee and referred to the Senate Rules Committee

Report: Selected Step Reports, Rules White Sheet (2nd)

Rules White Sheet (3rd)

Selected bill tracking reports

Personal lists of bills to be tracked by the user

Report: Selected Bill Tracking

Selected step reports

Lists of bills in various steps in the legislative process

Report: Selected Step Reports

Session calendar

Calendar of legislative cut-off dates

SESSION CALENDAR

Session law version of bill

Version of a bill as acted upon by the Governor; includes any veto messages, the chapter number, and the effective date(s)

nnnn*.SL

Short titles and referrals

List of bills to be introduced in the Senate on the day indicated

SHORT TITLES mm/dd/yy

Sponsor report

List of bills introduced by a member

Report: Bills by Sponsor

Standing Committee Reports

Lists of bills reported out of standing committees

COM dd/yy (House)


STANDING mm/dd/yy (Senate)

STANDING mm/dd/yyyy (Senate: year 2000 and later)

Status

List of all bills introduced and their current status

STATUS

Veto message

The Governor's explanation for a full or partial veto

nnnn*.DIG (includes veto message)


nnnn*.SL (includes veto message)


nnnn.VTO

Voting records

Voting record of an individual member for the year indicated

Go to member's Web page


S aaaa yy (for example,

S FRAN 00)

Weekly schedule

Weekly schedule for committee meetings and floor sessions

Schedule indicates date, time, room number, and bills scheduled to be heard in committee

WEEKLY SCHED mm/dd/yy