WashingtonVotes.org will provide complete, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the 2013 regular session of the Washington State Legislature that convenes on Monday, January 14th. This free website allows interested citizens, media, activists, government affairs professionals and policymakers to track the issues that matter to them.
In addition to crafting a 2013–15 budget to address a projected $900 million revenue shortfall, legislators may also be considering tax increases, ways the state can help spur job creation and economic recovery, and transportation project funding.
Foremost on the legislative agenda is the state Supreme Court decision regarding funding of basic education. Moreover, bills to implement Governor-elect Inslee’s agenda will be introduced and debated. WashingtonVotes.org is an effective tool for following these and all of the issues in Olympia. The site features:
Concise, plain-English, objective descriptions of every bill, amendment and vote of the state legislature
Customizable daily email updates on legislative action
The ability to search for legislation by issue, keyword, and bill number
A searchable database of legislation and votes dating back to 2001
A real-time Missed Votes Report that catalogs the number of votes each legislator misses
Users can also follow WashingtonVotes.org and get updates on legislation through Facebook and Twitter (@wavotes).