Coronavirus upends Virginia legislative session

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Justin Fairfax
Justin Fairfax
Chap Petersen, Siobhan Dunnavant
Justin Fairfax
Posted at 2:53 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 19:25:00-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The coronavirus pandemic is upending a Virginia legislative session, as mask-wearing lawmakers meet under a giant tent outside the Capitol and car horns blared nearby from protesters unhappy with mandated business closings.

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House Delegates are meeting Wednesday under a canopy outside while the Senate is meeting at a giant event space at the Science Museum of Virginia a couple of miles away.

Lawmakers are seated far apart and wearing masks instead of germ-carrying ties to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Proceedings in the House quickly stalled when members encountered technical issues voting during an attendance roll call.

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