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How General Assembly will socially distance during reconvened session

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Posted at 9:58 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 09:58:43-04

RICHMOND. Va. -- Lawmakers will experience a unique moment in Virginia's history Wednesday when the General Assembly meets to act on bills amended by Gov. Ralph Northam.

The House and Senate will not meet at their usual spots at the Virginia State Capitol in an effort to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 global health pandemic.

In fact, the Senate will meet inside a massive tent outside the Science Museum of Virginia on Broad Street. The House is scheduled to hold their session outside of the Capitol building near the front lawn.

Additionally, House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn said leaders are exploring remote options for the reconvened session.

Lawmakers will take up important legislation under the unusual circumstances, including bills Northam's amended on a minimum wage increase, marijuana decriminalization and the state budget.