Washington State

House of Representatives

Office of Program Research



State Government & Tribal Relations Committee

HB 1363

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

Brief Description: Concerning state agency employee access to peer-reviewed journals.

Sponsors: Representatives Blake, MacEwen, Dolan, Orcutt, Doglio, Dent, Shewmake, Springer, Bergquist, Chandler, Fitzgibbon, Appleton, Stanford, Steele and Pettigrew.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Commissions a study by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to determine the feasibility of providing relevant state employees with comprehensive electronic access to peer-reviewed journals.

Hearing Date: 2/12/19

Staff: Jason Zolle (786-7124).


In a number of scientific fields, academics and professionals rely on articles published in peer-reviewed journals for their research. Before publication in a peer-reviewed journal, articles must be reviewed by experts in the field. Reviewers may suggest revisions to an article before it is published, and an article will be rejected from publication if it is lacking in scholarly validity and rigor.

Access to peer-reviewed journals often requires purchasing a subscription or paying an access fee, although specific articles may sometimes be purchased individually. College and university libraries generally subscribe to relevant journals for their students or others with library accounts. Several other states provide access to online journals for state agency employees or, through state or public libraries, all state residents.

The Legislature created the Washington State Institute of Public Policy (WSIPP) in 1983 to conduct non-partisan research at the direction of the Legislature or its Board of Directors (Board). The Board is comprised of 16 members that represent the Legislature, the Executive Branch, and the academic community. The Board reviews and provides oversight for the WSIPP's projects. The WSIPP is housed in Olympia and receives fiscal and administrative services from The Evergreen State College.

Summary of Bill:

The WSIPP is directed to study the feasibility of providing relevant state employees with comprehensive electronic access to peer-reviewed journals. The study must also consider potential funding sources. The sum of $200,000 is appropriated from the General Fund to the WSIPP for the study.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.