Advocacy

Find your legislators: At any time, you may find your representatives on line at www.leg.wa.gov. The legislative hotline is 1-800-562-6000.

Find your district: If you do not know your NEW legislative district you can find this on line at: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

How to get Information

During legislative sessions, you may contact legislators by writing to:

  1. Legislative Building, P.O. Box 40482 (Senate)
    or P.O. Box 40600 (House), Olympia, WA 98504.
  2. By calling the toll free number, 1-800-562-6000, you may obtain information on the status of bills and leave messages for your legislator.
  3. Information is also available on the internet at: www.leg.wa.gov (link takes you to the page, but the page has changed)

The legislature meets each year beginning the second Monday in January. The regular session is limited to 105 days in odd-numbered years and 60 days in even-numbered years. The Governor or Legislature may call additional special sessions of 30 days each.

Legislative Toll Free Hotline (during sessions)
1-800-562-6000
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (weekdays)
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Saturday)

WDHA LOBBYIST: Melissa Johnson
Bogard & Johnson, LLC - 360-956-3322 (work)
200 Union Avenue SE -   360-956-3324 (fax)
Olympia, WA 98501-1393

WSDHA Lobbyist -   Email: melissa@bogardjohnson.com  360-280-6429


How to Contact Your Legislator

There are two easy ways to contact your legislator:

  • Call the toll-free hotline number: 800.562.6000. Messages for legislators may be left by using this hotline number. The hotline also provides information related to bills such as status updates and the name of the committee considering the bill. You don't need to know your legislative district to use the hotline; simply tell the operator your address and they will tell you your legislative district.
  • Write them via email. To find your legislator's email address, take the last eight letters of their last name, followed by an underscore, followed by the first two letters of their first name, followed by @leg.wa.gov. (Example: Sen. Alex Deccio's email address is deccio_al@leg.wa.gov)

Legislative Link: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

To find out how your legislators voted on any bill:

Go to website www.leg.wa.gov
click on BILL SEARCH tab near top of page - enter Bill Number and click on search tab - it will now bring up the "History of the Bill" - the date on which the vote took place will be listed, as well as the number of "yeas, nays, absent, and excused" and there is a link at the end of this sentence which says: (view roll calls) - click on this link and it will bring up the list of names for yeas, nays, etc.


Current Legislative Issues

The following represents legislation or issues for 2017. You may click on the links and go to the various sites or to see posted information. On the state website you can make comments on the bills, find and contact the bill sponsors, and follow the legislation.

2017 Initiatives:

 

Dental Therapy Bills Introduced for 2017

by Colleen Gaylord

 

Dental therapy bills are now introduced before the Legislature. Senate Bill 5224 and House Bill 1364 contain new language for 2017 requiring graduation from a CODA accredited educational institution. Click the links below to view the bills.

 

The first hearing has been scheduled before the House Health Care Committee on Friday, January 27. The House and Senate bills are identical.

 

The Washington Dental Access Campaign will lobby on January 27th. CLICK HERE for a Fact Sheet on Dental Therapists.

 

Also attached is a link to testimony given this month in North Dakota arguing the crucial facts about dental therapy alongside objections to dental therapy - 

"Objections to dental therapy range from the clumsy to the creative and are riddled with cavities."

 

You can also contact WDHA Officers, Trustees, Regulation and Practice Committee members, and our Lobbyist if you need more information.

 

Senate Bill 5224:

House Bill 1364:

Facts Sheet about HB 1364 and SB 5224


Articles on Legislative Initiatives

Access Mid-Levels Article

Mid-Level Q & A Article

Broad Support for Mid-Level