Olympia Week In Photos: Lobbyists and HAZMAT scares move in

This is what lawmaking looks like.
This is what lawmaking looks like.

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Lobbyist Paul Benz passes a note to House staff Thursday.

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A colorful crowd turned out for the last public forum on producer rules for the state's newly-legal marijuana market Thursday. Jus, Roger, Jeff and Dana came from Bremerton to find out about how the rules might affect their business building marijuana-growing facilities in Kitsap County.

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The state's three member Liquor Control Board listens as a member of the public gives remarks at the last public forum on producer rules for the state's newly-legal marijuana market.

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A suspicious package brought the Washington State Patrol Swat Team to the Capitol Tuesday. Police left after the package turned out to be harmless.

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Judy Kerr speaks with a television reporter after a Wednesday proposal to repeal the death penalty in Washington. Kerr, whose brother's murder remains unsolved, told the House judiciary committee that ending the death penalty would free up funds to solve more crimes.

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As bills hit the floor for debate and votes this week, lobbyists crowded around the doors to both chambers, passing notes to legislators and trying to make sure votes are lined up for their bills.

  

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Tom James

Tom James

Tom James is a feature writer and photographer from Kingston, Washington, who has reported from Seattle, Olympia, Guatemala, Jordan, and the Olympic Peninsula on topics ranging from drug use in the Navy to the silent epidemic of PTSD among refugees and what happens when fathers are deported. You can find his contact information at http://www.tom-james.net