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.

Here’s a longer explanation:

  1. Bills are sorted in reverse chronological order. The most active bills will always appear at the top. Bills with little activity will sink to the bottom of the Newsriver like a heavy stone settling at the bottom of a creek bed after being washed downstream by a flood.
  2. A green dot next to a bill number update indicates the bill reflects progressive values and enjoys our support. Conversely, red octagon (stop sign) indicates that we oppose the bill because it would implement policies that are contrary to progressive values. Finally, a yellow triangle means we have concerns about a bill, but are not working for its defeat.
  3. Assessments of bills are provided by NPI and organizations that we work with, such as the Washington State Labor Council or the Environmental Priorities Coalition. The person/entity that analyzed the bill and provided the wording is always listed to the left of the assessment.
  4. It is possible to view a bill’s full history without leaving the Newsriver, as long as JavaScript is enabled. Simply click on the blue link that says “Click to view” and the bill history will slide out for easy viewing. (It can be hidden again using the same link, which will change to say “Click to hide”). If JavaScript is not enabled, the bill history may still be viewed, either by clicking the bill number to go to the Legislature’s website or by viewing the source of this page.

Now, let’s find out what’s moving in the statehouse!