Virginia lawmakers to reconvene in Richmond amid coronavirus

Capitol Connection

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Virginia lawmakers are set to reconvene in Richmond for a one-day session Wednesday, but it may look a bit different than year’s past.

To help with social distancing, the Senate will meet at the Science Museum on Broad Street and the House is expected to meet outside on Capitol Grounds.

Lawmakers are expected to act on bills that were passed this past winter and on Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed changes, some of which were prompted by COVID-19.

Among the proposals is to put off a minimum wage increase until May 1, 2021 to help the economy bounce back from the coronavirus.

Another proposed change is amend the state budget to allow the Department of Corrections to release offenders with a year or less left in their sentence to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities.

Lawmakers were supposed to gravel in at noon.

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