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State Senate meets without 10 GOP senators amid virus test

Posted at 8:50 AM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 11:50:47-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Nearly all of the Republicans in the California Senate have been barred from entering the state Capitol after they were exposed to the coronavirus.

Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, a Democrat, said Republican senators will be allowed to vote via video conference from their homes over the coming days.

Lawmakers have until midnight Monday to pass bills. Republicans were furious. Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen was the only Republican allowed on the Senate floor on Thursday. He blasted his Democratic colleagues for not canceling the session while Republicans get tested.