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Ways & Means Committee, Washington State Senate

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The Ways and Means 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]

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The Senate Ways and Means Committee is the primary fiscal committee for the Washington State Senate. The Committee has responsibility for developing operating and capital budgets and tax and pension policy.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee is served by a nonpartisan staff of 16 full-time employees. Committee staff assist all members of the Senate with respect to operating and capital budget proposals, tax and pension policy, and other matters having a fiscal impact on the state. Committee staff also review and analyze legislation with a fiscal impact and conduct revenue and budget studies.

Senate Ways and Means Committee staff are part of Senate Committee Services, the organization which provides nonpartisan staff services for all standing committees of the Washington State Senate.

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


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

Ways & Means Members, 2013
Democratic members (11)Republican members (12)
James HargroveAndy Hill, Chair
Sharon NelsonMichael Baumgartner, Vice-chair
Steve ConwayJim Honeyford
Karen FraserBarbara Bailey
Bob HasegawaRandi Becker
Brian HatfieldJohn Braun
Karen KeiserBruce Dammeier
Jeanne Kohl-WellesMike Hewitt
Ed MurrayMike Padden
Kevin RankerLinda Evans Parlette
Rodney TomAnn Rivers
Mark Schoesler


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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