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House speaker working to hold reconvene session remotely

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Posted at 10:50 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 10:50:28-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates is making plans to allow next week’s reconvene session to happen remotely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, House lawmakers are set to meet outside the southeast corner of the Capitol Building on April 22, but a spokesperson for Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn said it is her intention “that the House vote on a path forward that will give the House the option to do its business remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The spokesperson said after meeting in-person, lawmakers could vote on conducting the remainder of the session remotely.

“The Speaker believes it is imperative that as elected officials, it is her and her colleagues duty to lead by example on public health practices during this pandemic,” said spokesperson Jake Rubenstein. “The Speaker’s number one concern is the health and safety of Members, staff, law enforcement, press and the public-at-large.”