Human Services & Corrections Committee, Washington State Senate (decommissioned)

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The Human Services & Corrections Committee is a former standing committee of the Washington State Senate. This committee was changed to the Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee.

Per Section V of the Senate Rules, committees of the Washington State Senate are appointed by the President of the Senate and confirmed by the senate.[1] Committees are responsible considering measures referred to them in the interest of the state.[2] The deliberations of committees considering a vote on any bill, resolution, or memorial must be open to the public.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Permanent Rules of the Senate


The Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee considers issues related to children and families, including foster care, dependency, child protective services, child welfare services, children and adult mental health issues, family reconciliation and family support programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; issues related to child support, dissolution of marriage, third party custody, law enforcement, community supervision of offenders and the sentencing, civil commitment and registration of sex offenders; and issues associated with certain state facilities and operations including the Department of Corrections, the Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, and the DSHS Mental Health Division.

(Please note: This general description should not be considered the definitive listing of issues considered by this committee.)[4][5]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Human Services & Corrections Members, 2013
Democratic members (3)Republican members (4)
Jeannie DarneilleMike Carrell, Chair
James HargroveKirk Pearson, Vice chair
Nick HarperMichael Baumgartner
Mike Padden


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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