Teach With TVW: Legislative Committees

Learn how legislative committees function in Washington State and the role they play in the legislative process.

Discussion questions:

  • What is a legislative committee?
  • When and where do legislative committees in WA usually meet?
  • Why is it important which committee a bill is assigned to?
  • What is the difference between a policy committee and a fiscal committee?
  • What is a committee chair and how are they chosen? Do they have an impact on the legislative agenda? Why or why not?
  • What are the three types of committee meetings?
  • What are the four types of action a committee may take during executive session?
  • What is the Rules Committee and what role does it play in the legislative process?
  • What are some ways a bill can “die” in committee?


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