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March 10, 2013

Rep. Cyrus Habib, D-Kirkland, uses his computer on the House floor during a session in Olympia. Text-to-speech software helps him to handle the massive volumes of reading required of lawmakers, allowing him to rapidly skim through even the lengthiest bills, and keep abreast of changes in their wording. In his ear, the voice changes in pitch when encountering things like words that have been selected for elimination under a proposed law.