Legislative Engagement

During each session of the Washington State Legislature COP staff closely work with our presidents, legislative directors, and other campus leaders to present before legislative committees, testify on proposed legislation, meet with policymakers and their staff, and respond to legislative inquiries.  In addition, we work in the months leading up to session – often with our educational partners and others – on the development of proactive messaging and participate in the implementation of enacted legislation, including preparing formal written reports and responses to legislative inquiries and directives.  Check out our available resources below.

Washington Governing and Legislative Framework Primer

Joint Higher Education Agendas

Council of Presidents Annual Legislative Report

Council of Presidents Summary: Reports, Work Groups and Task Forces Required by State Law | DOCX | XLS | Archives (DOCX)

Reports to the Legislature

2023 Legislative Session Bill Tracking

During each session of the Washington State Legislature, COP staff regularly track the status of proposed legislation relevant to the operations of our member institutions. This includes bills related to a broad range of areas that may impact colleges and universities as educators, employers and public state institutions. Below is a link to the COP bill tracker for the 2023 legislative session:

2023 Bill Tracker