Law & Justice Committee, Washington State Senate

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The Law & Justice Committee is a standing committee of the Washington State Senate.

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 Law & Justice Committee addresses issues in both civil and criminal law. Some of the areas of civil law that are included are probate, corporations, Uniform Commercial Code, trusts and estates, family law, and tort reform. In the arena of criminal law, the committee considers legislation affecting a wide range of subjects including criminal penalties and sentencing, drunk driving, domestic violence, identity theft, and animal cruelty. In addition, the committee considers legislation affecting the courts and law enforcement.

(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.

Law & Justice Members, 2013
Democratic members (3)Republican members (4)
Adam KlineMike Padden, Chair
Jeannie DarneilleMike Carrell, Vice-chair
Jeanne Kohl-WellesKirk Pearson
Pam Roach


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


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

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