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Virginia's legislature kicks off 2021 session amid pandemic

Virginia Legislature
Posted at 12:59 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 14:49:16-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia’s state lawmakers are kicking off the 2021 legislative session away from the state Capitol thanks to the surging coronavirus pandemic.

The session started Wednesday at noon, with the House of Delegates meeting remotely while the state Senate meet at the Science Museum

This will be Democrat’s second year in full control of the General Assembly since flipping the chamber in the 2019 elections.

Major issues they are set to address this year include COVID-19 relief efforts and legalizing marijuana.

The Senate started with a moment of silence for Sen. Ben Chafin, who recently died due to complications related to the coronavirus.