Recent Bill Passed While Students Advocated in Olympia

Walla Walla University Students Participate in Lobby Day

Students work with Washington State Representative Maureen Walsh on Lobby Day.

Walla Walla University Social Work and Sociology students attended Lobby Day held by the National Association of Social Workers, in Olympia, Wash., on President's Day, Feb. 18.

Lobby Day is an opportunity for social workers throughout the state to advocate and speak with state lawmakers concerning social justice issues, and understand more clearly the legislative process.


“Lobby Day turns textbook ideas into real-life skills that transform students into engaged and active citizens,” said Emily Tillotson, assistant professor of Social Work and Sociology at WWU.
    

Walla Walla students were advocating for House Bill 1213 Concerning Social Work Licensure, and Senate Bill 5163 Relating to Child Protective Service Workers. While the students were advocating in Olympia, House Bill 1213 was passed. This bill, “requires licensed advanced social workers and licensed independent clinical social workers to both be considered the top tier of licensure for the profession for purposes of job classification.” Bill Digest, Washington State Legislature. www.leg.wa.gov


The students were able to meet with Rep. Maureen Walsh along with Sen. Mike Hewitt, and voice their concerns on social justice issues.
  

“The social work lobby day was an exciting experience. It was especially satisfying to see the advocacy planning we had done in class happen right in front of us,” says Audrianna Wahlen, junior social work major.

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