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Virginia lawmakers to start special session amid pandemic

Posted at 10:54 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 10:56:16-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia lawmakers will meet for a special session to address both the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread calls for criminal justice reform sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Democrats took full control of the General Assembly earlier this year. They have promised an expansive session which starts Tuesday and whose proposals range from banning police chokeholds to increased spending on high-speed internet for virtual schooling.

The session could take several weeks to complete and lawmakers are meeting outside of the Capitol so they can practice social distancing.

Gov. Ralph Northam also announced budget proposals Tuesday aimed at increasing voter access.

Related: House Dems look to pass paid sick leave in special session