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Lawmakers launch session with calls for cooperation, quick action on COVID-19

• Deliberations begin amid rumbling national political tensions and ongoing state protests • Rules set to conduct pandemic-era session remotely

Washington state legislative leaders on Monday, Jan. 11 took turns delivering upbeat messages that promised unity in taking swift action to relieve residents and businesses hit hard over the past 12 months by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both parties’ leaders in the House delivered messages of hope and unity in their speeches at the opening ceremonies of the House of Representatives legislative session....


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