Senate - Current Law

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 89,232,000
Net change from current biennium 14,052,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 18.7% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2021-23 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2019-21 Actual 2021-23 Estimated 2023-25 Proposed
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 22,698
Gina Grant Bull Mem Leg Page Schol - Nonappropriated 2,500
Savings Incentive Account - Nonappropriated 102,000
75,180,000 General Fund - State 55,300,015 75,180,000 89,232,000
1,518,000 1,518,000 Motor Vehicle Account - State 2,013,086
Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 2,932,000
76,698,000 1,518,000 Total Appropriated Funds 60,372,298 75,180,000 89,232,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 30,617,589 31,933,917 10,165,801 43,048,000 46,184,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
5,612,996 10.3% (18,272,580) (30.3%) 47,132,282 112.0%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2020-21 Actual 2021-22 Estimated 2022-23 Estimated 2023-24 Proposed 2024-25 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 263.9 254.6 228.7 281.4 291.1