Washington State Department of Enterprise Services

11/20/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2023 19:05

State Capitol Committee to review building naming proposal

November 20, 2023

State Capitol Committee to review building naming proposal

Proposal would retain the Newhouse Building name

For inquiries:
Emilie Brown | 360-688-3693 | [email protected]
OLYMPIA - The State Capitol Committee (SCC) will discuss a proposal to retain the Newhouse Building name at its Dec. 7 meeting.

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OLYMPIA - The State Capitol Committee (SCC) will discuss a proposal to retain the Newhouse Building name at its Dec. 7 meeting.

Information on the proposals is found in the SCC meeting packet.

Submit comments

Public comments can be sent to [email protected] for consideration by 4 p.m. Dec. 5. People can also sign up to comment during the meeting.

While the Legislature has ultimate naming authority, RCW 43.34.090 calls for recommendations that come from the CCDAC and the State Capitol Committee (SCC).

Next steps

After any SCC recommendation to move a naming proposal forward, the proposing entity works with legislative sponsors to bring a concurrent resolution and funding package forward. The Legislature would need to appropriate funding for the necessary elements to support a name change such as signage and wayfinding.

About building naming

Under RCW 43.34.090, buildings on the Capitol Campus are eligible for naming or renaming when constructed, after significant renovation, or when there is a change in the main tenant agency headquartered there. Buildings can be named after:

  • People who have played a significant role in Washington's history.
  • The building's purpose or agency using building.
  • Significant Washington places.
  • Native American tribes.
  • Groups or types of people.

When naming or renaming buildings, the Legislature must consider:

  • Gender disparity,
  • Diversity of human achievement, and
  • Diversity of the state's citizenry and history.