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Sunday Spin 3: In memoriam

One of the most moving events during any legislative session is the service for former members who have died since the last time the Legislature met.

Clerics of a variety of religious faiths offer prayers, then the lights in the Senate chamber are turned down. A photo of each lawmaker who has died is projected on the wall, a bell is rung and a current member lights a candle in one of a series of holders on the desk at the front of the chamber.

The Spokane area had three legislators remembered in this year’s service on Wednesday: Sen. Margaret Hurley, Sen. Bob Morton, Sen. R.H. Bob Lewis and Rep. Duane Sommers.


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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