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California lawmakers go back to work as coronavirus lingers

Posted at 8:33 AM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 23:04:06-04

Some California lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol after more than a month away. They will be restarting a legislative session that was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic — the first sustained unscheduled work stoppage in 158 years. Lawmakers will focus on softening the economic fallout from the pandemic. But it won’t be business as usual for California’s full-time Legislature. They will be limited to having just one staff person with them, and nurses will check their temperatures at the door, among other precautions. Some lawmakers will be staying home for fear of contracting or spreading the disease.