Legislative & Policy

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Legislative & Policy

Our Goal

To improve the lives of Washington state-employed women by making policy recommendations to the Governor’s Office and Washington state government agencies with respect to desirable changes in program and law. We are particularly active in the areas of education, training, career development and other conditions of employment.

What We Do

The ICSEW represents the voice of Washington state-employed women during policy discussions that may impact them.

The Legislative & Policy Subcommittee equips ICSEW’s membership with the tools and resources needed to enter discussions, and ultimately make policy recommendations to the Governor’s Office and state agencies that better the lives of state-employed women. Subcommittee members contribute two to three hours monthly, plus optional activities (see below).

Activities include:

  • Creating bill alerts during the legislative cycle to inform state employees of pending legislation that may impact them. Bill alerts are shared on our blog, InterAct.
  • Providing information and research on bills of interest to ICSEW’s membership.
  • Advising the Governor’s Office concerning changes to legislation, rules, regulations and policies relating to improving the lives of state-employed women, when requested.
  • Advising Washington state government agencies on policy and workplace issues relating to improving the lives of state-employed women.
  • Training subcommittee members to track and report on legislation.
  • Preparing a Special Legislative Issue of the InterAct newsletter at the conclusion of each legislative session.
  • Recent optional activities included 3 hour volunteer sessions inoutdoor spaces at the Food Bank garden and the Domestic Violence Shelter.  These volunteer times are primarily during weekends and on personal time.

Our Members

Legislative & Policy Co-Chair  |  Deirdre Bissonnette

Department of Fish and Wildlife

My name is Deirdre Bissonnette. I live here in Olympia and am working from home, and homeschooling 2 kids who are in 4th and 6th grade.

I have worked at the Department of Fish and Wildlife for 11 years, recently moving from field work to an administrative position. I currently work as a management analyst for the Public Records Unit at WDFW. I enjoy bringing transparency and accountability from our agency to the public.

I had the opportunity to fill a developmental job assignment with the department’s Legislative Affairs team during the 2019 Session. That experience sparked an interest in the Legislative process that led me to volunteer to co-chair the Legislative and Policy subcommittee.

Especially with telework, ICSEW and the Leg & Policy Subcommittee have been a great way to continue to build my network and interact with fellow state employees. I appreciate the quality of speakers we get to hear from at ICSEW; they have been compelling and inspirational.

In my role as co-chair of Leg & Policy, I hope to continue to educate and inform the group at large about relevant legislation and the legislative process in general.

Legislative & Policy Co-Chair  |  Leslie Wolff

Department of Commerce

Hi. I’m Leslie Wolff. I joined ICSEW because I believe that while there have been improvements for state employed women since ICSEW’s beginnings, there is still equity work to be done on a lot of levels and this group can make a difference in that work. I get a lot out of this group. I really value having ways to connect with folks who work in other agencies, who I would never have had the opportunity to otherwise meet. I also really like the learning opportunities that this committee provides. I hope that I am able to help further improve the lives of state employees and all Washingtonians.


Cynthia Wisdom, Department of Revenue

Cheryl Flynn, Employment Security Department

Keri O’Connell, Department of Revenue

Ellen Range, Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Christa Stevens, Secretary of State

Tammy Wild, Department of Health

Bill Alerts

During each legislative session we create bill alerts to notify Washington state-employed women of bills that may impact them. Find them on our blog, InterAct. View Bill Alerts

2022 Session Alerts

Week of January 10 – Week 1 – HB 1617 – Aligning State and School Holidays, sponsored by Rep. Morgan

Be Your Own Advocate

Is there a policy discussion you’d like to be a part of? Let your voice be heard!

Here are a few ways you can get in contact with your representatives and lobby for issues your care about.

Please note that state employees cannot use state time or resources to lobby for or against legislative proposals in accordance with RCW 42.52.160 and RCW 42.52.180, laws concerning ethics in public service and use of public resources for political campaigns.

ICSEW asks that state employees share opinions in an ethical way, using their own personal time, phone, computers, devices and resources. 

Thank you for your participation!

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ICSEW Events During COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICSEW executive board made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 conference. ICSEW is exploring options for a future conference. This page will be updated when more information is available.


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