OLYMPIA -- The "four corners" of the 2011 Washington Legislature: House Speaker Frank Chopp, House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt, Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt and Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown (left to right) discuss their expectations for the session the week before it starts.
OLYMPIA -- Abortion protesters gather on the steps of the Capitol for the annual Right to Life demonstration in January 2011.
OLYMPIA -- Abortion rights protesters stage a much smaller counter demonstration to the annual Right to Life demonstration in January 2011.
OLYMPIA -- Motorcyclists from around the state converged on the Capitol in January to push for legislation banning police from "motorcycle profiling" -- stopping them solely because they are on a motorcycle. The bill passed and was signed by Gov. Gregoire in April, but that generated a bit of controversy...
OLYMPIA -- Sen. Jim Hargrove watches as Gov. Chris Gregoire signs the motorcycle profiling bill. With him around the table are members of various motorcycle organizations, including the Bandidos, which police consider an outlaw biker group.
OLYMPIA -- Newly appointed Sen. Jeff Baxter of the Spokane Valley gets some tips during a floor session from veteran Sen. Bob Morton of Kettle Falls.
OLYMPIA -- Members of the EWU Eagles football team received a resolution, and applause, from the Legislature after winning an NCAA title.
OLYMPIA -- A February snow storm blanketed the Capitol and brought most activity to a standstill for two days.
OLYMPIA -- Rep. Shelly Short of Addy argues against the passage of a bill that would ban phosphorous in most lawn fertilizers.
OLYMPIA -- The meeting that set the course for the session and a special session. Arun Raha, center, the state's chief economist, announces the revenue forecast is down, again, at the March session. He's flanked by Sen. Joe Zarelli on the left and Rep. Ed Orcutt on the right
OLYMPIA -- Rep. Matt Shea of the Spokane Valley makes an impassioned floor speech in March 2011.
OLYMPIA -- Rep. Ross Hunter, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, makes his way through protesters to a hearing on budget cuts.
OLYMPIA -- Rep. Joel Kretz of Wauconda, watches as demonstrators protesting budget cuts enter the Capitol in April.
OLYMPIA -- Washington state troopers guard the entrance to the governor's office after protesters were arrested trying to rush to doorway.
OLYMPIA -- An estimated 7,000 protesters converged on the Capitol asking legislators to raise taxes rather than relying on an "all-cuts" budget. They didn't.
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire congratulates Rep. Andy Billig of Spokane after signing the first bill he sponsored, which limits phosphorous in most lawn fertilizers.
OLYMPIA -- An honor guard salutes as "Taps" is played for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty at a ceremony in April.
OLYMPIA -- The cherry trees blossom outside the Capitol in April.
OLYMPIA -- Protesters dressed as Zombies do the "Monster Slash" on the Capitol steps in April to protest proposed budget cuts.
OLYMPIA -- Sen. Mike Baumgarner of Spokane listens to floor debate on a day when the Senate desks were decorated with flags to honor the military and U.S. intelligence agencies after Osama bin Laden was killed.
OLYMPIA -- While budget debates roiled the inside of the Capitol, some days at least were calm on the outside. The north side of the Capitol is reflected in Capitol Lake.
OLYMPIA -- Rep. Mike Ormsby of Spokane argues against setting a new, lower debt limit for Washington state in the closing days of the session, as Rep. John Ahern of Spokane, who supported the new limit, looks on. The bill passed.
OLYMPIA -- Sens. Mark Schoesler, Lisa Brown and Mike Hewitt, left to right, await one of the final votes of the session, the Senate's passage of the 2011-13 operating budget.
OLYMPIA -- From the Senate rostrum, Gov. Chris Gregoire points to a split screen showing the leaders of the House and Senate bringing their gavels down for sine die, the end of the 2011 Legislative session.