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2019 State of the State Highlight: Representative Melanie Morgan observes a stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

2019 State of the State Highlight: Representative Melanie Morgan observes a stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

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2019 State of the State Highlight: Representative Mike Pellicciotti catches up with Representative Tina Orwall

2019 State of the State Highlight: Representative Mike Pellicciotti catches up with Representative Tina Orwall

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2019 State of the State Highlight: Presentation of the American flag

2019 State of the State Highlight: Presentation of the American flag

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2019 State of the State Highlight: Newly reelected Justice Steven Gonzalez greets Representative Mari Leavitt

2019 State of the State Highlight: Newly reelected Justice Steven Gonzalez greets Representative Mari Leavitt

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2019 State of the State Highlight: Presentation of the Washington State flag

2019 State of the State Highlight: Presentation of the Washington State flag

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2019 State of the State Highlight: First Lady Trudi Inslee is recognized by her husband, Governor Jay Inslee

2019 State of the State Highlight: First Lady Trudi Inslee is recognized by her husband, Governor Jay Inslee

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2019 State of the State Highlight: State Representative Debra Lekanoff, the first Native American woman to be elected to the House, acknowledges onlookers in the galleries

2019 State of the State Highlight: State Representative Debra Lekanoff, the first Native American woman to be elected to the House, acknowledges onlookers in the galleries

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Governor Jay Inslee delivers the 2019 State of the State Address as House Speaker Pro Tem John Lovick looks on

Governor Jay Inslee delivers the 2019 State of the State Address as House Speaker Pro Tem John Lovick looks on

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There they go! New and returning members of Washington's State House of Representatives enter the Chamber to begin the 2019 Session

There they go! New and returning members of Washington's State House of Representatives enter the Chamber to begin the 2019 Session

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: The State Patrol color guard exits the House Chamber after the presentation of the colors

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: The State Patrol color guard exits the House Chamber after the presentation of the colors

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Activists rally for a Green New Deal in the Rotunda

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Activists rally for a Green New Deal in the Rotunda

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Representative Mari Leavitt takes a photo with Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Representative Mari Leavitt takes a photo with Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: The sun shone on the Legislative Building during a break from the fog

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: The sun shone on the Legislative Building during a break from the fog

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: The State Patrol color guard proceeds into the House Chamber

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: The State Patrol color guard proceeds into the House Chamber

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session: The Chief Clerk of the House (Bernard Dean) presides from the rostrum prior to the election of the Speaker

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session: The Chief Clerk of the House (Bernard Dean) presides from the rostrum prior to the election of the Speaker

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Representative Monica Stoner acknowledges friends on the balcony overlooking the Rotunda

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Representative Monica Stoner acknowledges friends on the balcony overlooking the Rotunda

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: The State Patrol color guard prepares for its ceremonial opening duties

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: The State Patrol color guard prepares for its ceremonial opening duties

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Representative Javier Valdez greets colleagues near the entrance to the House Chamber

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Representative Javier Valdez greets colleagues near the entrance to the House Chamber

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: New and returning members of the House, including NPI's Gael Tarleton, gather in the rotunda prior to their swearing in

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: New and returning members of the House, including NPI's Gael Tarleton, gather in the rotunda prior to their swearing in

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Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Governor Inslee tapes an interview with TVW

Scenes from the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session in Olympia: Governor Inslee tapes an interview with TVW

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This could the last time we see an all male panel at CityClub's annual legislative preview, as the next Speaker of the House is expected by many observers to be a woman

This could the last time we see an all male panel at CityClub's annual legislative preview, as the next Speaker of the House is expected by many observers to be a woman