Virginia Senate to hold session outside Science Museum of Virginia

Posted at 8:12 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 07:22:09-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Senate of Virginia announced Tuesday that it will hold its spring session in April at the Science Museum of Virginia's Dewey Gottwald Center.

Senate leaders opted against holding session in the Capitol because of social distancing concerns.

The Gottwald Center however has approximately 11,000 square feet that will "comfortably allow the Senate to meet within the guidelines of social distancing," a release sent on Tuesday evening said.

Meanwhile, Virginia's House of Delegates is finalizing its plan for where to hold its session.

Jake Rubenstein, speaking on behalf of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, said that while a replacement site has not been picked, the session would not take place in the House chamber.

“The Speaker will be moving the venue per her duty as laid out in the Rules of the House It is the Speaker’s preference, out of deep concern for the health and safety of membership, staff, and the public that the session be outdoors, with a contingency option for an inside location," Rubenstein said.

The session, which will act on revisions proposed to passed legislation by Gov. Northam, will begin on April 22.