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Remote voting could jeopardize hundreds of newly passed California bills

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Posted at 2:54 AM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 05:54:57-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of newly passed California bills could be in jeopardy after most of the Republicans in the state Senate were forced to vote remotely for several days because of the coronavirus.

The legally untested procedure was just one part of a frenzied final day for the California Legislature Monday.

It included cursing from quarantined lawmakers, a tense standoff over muted microphones and a lawmaker forced to bring her crying baby on the floor of the state Assembly.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the year's legislative session was disappointing.

It was cut short because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, and last week Sen. Brian Jones tested positive for the virus, exposing most of his Republican colleagues.