During the legislative session in Olympia, Washington’s Lieutenant Governor presides over the State Senate, K5 TV reports. It's hius job to make rulings and recognize members when they want to speak.
According to century-long tradition, Senators have stood to be recognized. But for Democrat Cyrus Habib, who was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor in January, that tradition didn't work, because he can't see them.
“It’s an institution that has run the same way for a long time,” Habib told K5 TV.
As a child he lost his eyesight to a cancer called retinoblastoma, first in his left eye, then his right. By age 8 he was blind.
So touch screens were installed at Senators’ desks to let Habib know they want to speak. He reads the names of members via a Braille terminal.
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