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Washington set to swear in 1st blind lieutenant governor

Washington Lt. Gov.-elect Cyrus Habib, right, holds the gavel as he stands at the Senate chamber dais next to Senate Counsel Jeannie Gorrell, left, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, during a practice session to test technical equipment in Olympia, Wash. Habib, who will preside over the Senate, will be Washington's first blind lieutenant governor, and the Senate has undergone a makeover that incorporates Braille into that chamber's floor sessions that will allow Habib to know by the touch of his finger which lawmaker is seeking to be recognized to speak. Habib is replacing Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, who is retiring. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As Washington state prepares to swear in its first blind lieutenant governor, the Senate has undergone a makeover that incorporates Braille into that chamber’s floor sessions.

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