The Public Disclosure Commission consists of five members serving five-year terms. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. No more than three members shall have an identification with the same political party. Commissioners are not full-time state employees. The Commission meets, usually in Olympia, on the fourth Thursday of each month, except during November and December, when a combined meeting is scheduled for the first or second week of December.
The Commission has multiple responsibilities, most importantly setting agency policy, interpreting the campaign disclosure and contribution provisions found in RCW 42.17A, and adopting administrative rules. The Commission also hears requests for reporting modifications and, in its most visible role, enforces the provisions of RCW 42.17A.
Voters granted the Commission authority with the approval of Initiative 276 in 1972 and Initiative 134 in 1992.