State Legislatures Face a Session Like No Other

Governing: Vermont legislators will gather Wednesday in Montpelier for the opening of the 2021 legislative session. They should be heading home by Wednesday afternoon. They’re meeting only to swear in new members, elect officers and then vote to allow further meetings to be held remotely, at least through the end of the month.

Vermont isn’t the only legislature that will remain virtual this year. Around the country, at least a half-dozen legislators have died from COVID-19. Outbreaks among lawmakers and staff have been common in states that have held in-person sessions in recent months.

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