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Olympia Week in Photos: Bagpipes, refugees and school choirs

What does lawmaking look like? This week it's immigration rallies, school kids and legislators in kilts.

Cheryl Stumbo, a survivor of the 2006 mass shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, talks with Kiro 7 reporter Essex Porter outside Wednesday's hearing on HB 1588, a bill that would require universal background checks for gun buyers  

Students from the North Thurston High School Jazz Choir warm up Wednesday morning before performing at the joint memorial session held on the Senate floor. 

Gov. Jay Inslee shook hands and posed for photos Thursday after speaking at a rally for immigrants and refugees. 

Pumi Maya, Suk Jai, Mon Biswa and Padam Biswa were among the roughly 300 that attended Thursday's rally of immigrants and refugees at the capitol. The four are Nepali. 

Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, waits to play the bagpipes at the end of Wednesday's joint memorial session on the Senate floor. 

Republican legislators take questions from reporters Wednesday about their ideas for stimulating the state's economy, including suspending the state's Growth Management Act under some circumstances. 

Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, listens to objections from NRA representative Brian Judy during the public hearing for a bill Pedersen sponsored Wednesday. Pedersen's bill would require background checks on all gun sales, an expansion of current law, which requires the checks only on guns sold by licensed dealers. 

Students from the North Thurston High School Jazz Choir stand for the pledge of allegiance Wednesday morning before performing at the joint memorial session held on the Senate floor. 

Attendees bowed their heads during a joint memorial session held on the Senate floor. 

Tom James has helped cover the 2013 state legislative session for Crosscut through the University of Washington journalism program. He also writes for Crosscut on other subjects. Born in Seattle and raised in Kitsap, Tom worked for the Kitsap Navy News and Central Kitsap Reporter before heading to the UW for a double-major in journalism and economics, which he hopes to finish in 2014.


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