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Article II, State Constitution

The purpose of the Senate is to: represent the people of Washington; initiate legislation affecting public policy, act on legislation passed by the House of Representatives or by initiative to the Legislature; pass a biennial budget that pays for the day-to-day operations of state government (including federal funds and dedicated funds); a budget that pays for transportation activities such as designing and maintaining roads and public transit and a budget to acquire and maintain state buildings, public schools, higher education facilities, public lands, parks, and other state assets; provide for the levying and collecting of taxes and other revenue to support state government and to assist local governments; appropriate funds for these purposes; and confirm certain gubernatorial appointments.

Agency Mission

The mission of the Senate is to exercise legislative powers granted by the state Constitution; to represent and provide leadership for the people of the state of Washington; to enact laws and oversee their administration; and to provide for the public well-being while protecting and maintaining the rights of the individual.
Request 70,232,000
Net change from current biennium 4,753,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 7.3% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
62,480,000 General Fund - State 49,850,254 62,480,000 67,104,000
2,999,000 Motor Vehicle Account - State 1,908,472 2,999,000 3,128,000
2,932,000 2,932,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 2,941,000
68,411,000 2,932,000 Total Appropriated Funds 54,699,725 65,479,000 70,232,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 55,327
Gina Grant Bull Mem Leg Page Schol - Nonappropriated 4,250
Total Non-Appropriated Funds 59,577

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 28,812,191 29,754,709 11,329,636 33,913,000 36,319,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
4,493,711 8.9% (13,674,957) (25.0%) 29,147,655 70.9%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22 Proposed 2022-23 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 280.0 261.8 223.8 268.9 281.1