Pandemic overshadows agenda as Arkansas lawmakers meet


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are returning to the Capitol Monday for a legislative session that’s been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The virus has already changed operations at the Capitol, which has had the second-highest known outbreak in a state Legislature in the country.

The virus will also likely prompt a fight over the governor’s emergency powers. But the Legislature also faces a busy agenda with several other items, including tax cuts, health care, abortion, and redistricting. The session is set to begin on Monday at 12 p.m.

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