Newsriver Home :: Track Bills
Welcome to Olympia Newsriver, a Northwest Progressive Institute project that makes tracking priority legislation simple and easy. The Newsriver aggregates feeds for bills “with legs”, providing an up-to-date view of what’s moving in the statehouse at any given time during session.
Bill actions are sorted by topic and presented in reverse chronological order, so bills with activity appear at the top of the topical newsriver and “flow” downwards as they are displaced.
When something happens to a bill, we call that an action.
An action could be a bill’s introduction, public hearing in committee, vote on the floor, proposed amendment, or referral to another committee; all these are examples of steps in the legislative process. (See this page for a visual explanation of how a bill becomes a law).
When action is taken on a bill, that bill moves up in the Newsriver (possibly to the top). A bill that is inactive for a long period of time will slowly sink to the bottom of the Newsriver like a stone settling at the bottom of a creek bed after losing momentum.