We are Your Voice in Olympia and Washington DC

The Washington Trust advocates for laws and public policies which preserve our historic resources.  As your advocates on a statewide level, we strive to:

  assist Washington lawmakers in drafting preservation-related legislation.
  advocate for passage of preservation-related state and federal bills.
  maintain a presence, testify before legislative committees, and track legislation in Olympia during each session of the state legislature.
  provide Washington Trust members with information about state and national preservation and policy issues.
  coordinate and provide travel scholarship assistance for Washington preservationists to participate in National Lobby Day sponsored annually by Preservation Action.

STATE ADVOCACY

Among the Washington Trust’s most significant advocacy successes was the passage of the bill establishing the Special Valuation program which provides a ten-year property tax abatement for the rehabilitation of historic properties, and the bill establishing the Washington's Main Street Program.  More recently, we helped pass legislation creating the Historic County Courthouse Rehabilitation Grant Program and the Heritage Barn Preservation Program.  We are preservationists' voice in Olympia for preservation-related legislation.

  Washington's State Legislature meets annually and convenes for the 2010 session in January.  This will be a short session because it is not a budget year.  Watch this site for information on the upcoming 2011 session on bills we're tracking and how to get involved.
  Heritage Caucus – you are encouraged to participate in Washington's Heritage Caucus, a group of legislators, advocates, and citizens interested in historical and cultural legislation.  The caucus meets each week during the session on Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. in the first floor conference room, Cherberg Building, Washington State Capitol Campus, Olympia.

FEDERAL ADVOCACY

Track Federal preservation-related legislation by visiting Preservation Action or the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Advocacy Website.

The Washington Trust participates annually in National Preservation Lobby Day.  Join the Washington Trust and grassroots activists from around the state in participating in Preservation Action's Lobby Day in Washington DC each year.

  Lobby Day 2010 was held on March 3, 2010.  For information on travel scholarships and/or to participate in the future, email us at info@preservewa.org.
  To join the Washington State legislative advocacy network, email us at info@preservewa.org.
  To find your Congressional District, view this map.  Contact information can be found at Preservation Action's Washington State Profile.

For more information on how to get started in advocacy, see Preservation Action's 1-2-3 Guide to Lobbying on Capitol Hill and at Home.