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WaLeg Day 36: Protests, fish and a Seahawk

OLYMPIA -- Steps of the Capitol and the Temple of Justice were filled with demonstrators over a new state rule allowing people to use a public restroom based on gender identity rather than anatomy.

The sidewalk outside the Senate office building had a water tank full of rainbow trout.

Jermaine Kearse of the Seattle Seahawks was scheduled for a reception inside the Capitol first thing in the morning.

Women's rights demonstrators are scheduled to take to the Capitol steps in the afternoon.

Just another day in Olympia when the Legislature is in session.

A couple hundred people on each side of the gender bathroom issue vied for attention Monday morning in a steady drizzle. Read more about the protest here.

The tank full of trout was part of a legislative "fish off" sponsored by Sen. Pam Roach, pitting the caucuses against each other in an effort to see who can hook the most rainbows.

Kearse had a morning reception at the Capitol with his Foundation for Gold Star Kids. He and the kids were also scheduled to make the rounds to the caucuses and the governor's office for photo opps.

NARAL Pro-Choice and the Washington Community Action Network are lobbying for expanded access to women's health care and equal pay for equal work legislation

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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