The Government Relations Committee was comprised of Holly Gale and Lori Fossum, chair. This year, the committee monitored Washington state legislation affecting the printing and distribution of such primary resources as the Revised Code of Washington and also closely monitored budget legislation affecting the State Law Library.
The Washington Legislature’s 2011 Regular Session began on January 10th and adjourned April 22nd; the first Special Session of 2011 began on April 26th and adjourned May 25th. Several LLOPS members worked prior to the Session with the Statute Law Committee to help craft House Bill 1479, “Revising the publication requirements of the statute law committee.” Yet other members attended legislative committee hearings in support of the bill.
The Committee and other LLOPS members were especially concerned with proposed cuts to the State Law Library’s budget during this Session. Second Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1087 was ultimately passed, restoring the budget to a level at which the library will still be operational. Many LLOPS members and the AALL Government Relations office worked to restore the library’s allocation for the upcoming biennium.
Two LLOPS members, Tina Ching and Kay Newman, chaired the Washington Legal Inventory project: this inventory is our contribution to the development of the national inventory of primary legal resources at every level of government. Several LLOPS members also contributed their time and efforts to completing this inventory of state, county and municipal legal resources.