Make A Difference During the Legislative Session

Olympia 301: Becoming a Citizen Lobbyist

Friday, January 10, 2020 – 8:30am to 5:00pm

This one-day intensive is for if you consider yourself an ordinary citizen who wants to make a difference in extraordinary ways, and not just during the Washington State Legislative Session, but also year round.

What will you gain?

Your citizen toolbox for mastering the legislative process and building meaningful relationships with your State Lawmakers and their staffs:

  • How to utilize your Capitol resources
  • An in-depth “Understanding [of] the Legislative Process
  • How to think like a legislator, from the perspective of State Legislative members
  • How to connect with all legislators, including those who do not share your views
  • Understanding the role and value of a legislative assistant, as shared by those who presently serve as Legislative Assistants
  • How to read and track bills, both on paper and through online sources
  • The mechanics of testifying at a hearing
  • Know where and how things happen on the capitol campus

Our day will begin in the Columbia Room, on the first (ground) floor of the Washington State Capitol Building.  If you have trouble locating the room, please look for relevant signing or ask a campus security officer.

If you have additional questions, please contact, or call (425) 608-02


  • The event will begin promptly, so plan on arriving in Olympia at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
  • On-campus parking is $1.50 per hour, payable at the nearest kiosk. We recommend you bring a supply of $1 bills because the parking kiosks have been known to reject credit/debit cards.
  • The City of Olympia Downtown Parking Map details the off-campus parking locations, as well as metered information.
  • We recommend that you park for 5-6 hours to allow time for walking to and from the location, fellowship with other pastors, as well as any “interruptions” that almost always occur when following Jesus into the public square.
  • Thurston County’s complimentary DASH Shuttle is available near most off-site parking locations. The service runs throughout the day from the Capitol Campus into downtown Olympia. The stops are noted on the DASH Shuttle Route Map.
  • Accessible parking is available inside the guarded lots at the end of Sid Snyder Avenue SW, behind the Legislative Building, and 15th Avenue SW, behind the John A. Cherberg Building. Use the Campus Map to locate these parking areas.
  • Do not park on residential side streets because the Capitol Police will ticket you!
Register for Olympia 301 Today!

“The positive attitude, that all hope is not lost, and we still need to fight situation. I felt like I’d attended a giant pep rally and was ready to go in and do work.”

Jessica, Bellevue, 2014, Your Content Goes Here