The Washington State Senate Labor and Commerce Committee (WA Senate LBRC) considers issues relating to employment standards, industrial insurance, unemployment insurance and collective bargaining. The committee also considers regulation of business and professions and has oversight of commerce issues relating to alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and gaming.
Legislative work sessions are convened to ground lawmakers in broader policy topics as opposed to addressing specific bills. Subject matter experts are invited to share perspectives and public comment is not permitted. Work sessions may be scheduled at any time, but the committee assembly days in the fall leading up to legislative sessions can be signals of policymaking to come.