Teach With TVW: Washington’s Legislative Branch

Learn about Washington State’s legislative branch and how it functions, and some key differences between the Washington State Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Discussion questions:

    • When does the Washington State Legislature meet? How is this different from the U.S. Congress?
    • What are the requirements to be a legislator in WA?
    • How may Senators and Representatives make up the WA Legislature?
    • What are two primary responsibilities of the WA Legislature? What are some other important responsibilities?
    • What is a legislative “biennium”? What is the difference between a “long session” and “short session”?
    • What are “special sessions”? Who calls them and how long do they last?
    • What is Sine Die?


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