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Legislative session to resume amid COVID-19 pandemic

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

Missouri lawmakers will convene for the first time Monday since April 7 and only the second time since leaving in mid-March due to the impact from COVID-19.

Legislators only have until May 8 to approve a budget for 2021.

Leaders at the House of Representatives released a statement last week.

“During this unprecedented time, our legislative body has worked to balance the health and safety of members, staff, and visitors with our constitutional obligation to pass a budget," the statement said.

That same release also ensured that the General Assembly will continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Lawmakers strongly urge members of the public to participate in the legislative process electronically, if possible.

When Senators last convened on April 7, the Capitol took a few measures to ensure social distancing guidelines were followed. The Capitol limited where the public and press could enter, as well as limiting where they could go once inside the capitol.

The building was also screening those coming in, asking a series of questions before taking temperatures and isolating people if necessary.

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Ben Fein

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