South Dakota, which has the second highest price of COVID-19 instances, is spending about $350,000 to wire its state legislative chamber and renovate assembly rooms on the Capitol to make distant work simpler for lawmakers.
The Virginia Home of Delegates plans to satisfy remotely to restrict lawmakers’ publicity to the coronavirus and, in keeping with leaders, set an instance of how one can conduct enterprise throughout a pandemic.
The Maine Legislature will swear in new lawmakers at a conference heart the place they’ll have extra room than on the Capitol. New lawmakers in New Hampshire will bundle up and be sworn in outdoor.
In Iowa, which has the third-highest stage of COVID-19 instances within the nation — 7,525 per 100,000 residents — legislative leaders are contemplating a number of steps to restrict COVID-19 danger throughout what’s scheduled to be a 110-day session, however none as sweeping as what different states are planning.
“Our expectation at this level is to start out the session on time,” on Jan. 11, Home Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, mentioned Thursday.
Among the many modifications being thought of are steps to cut back “density.” That might contain transferring clerks out of the Home and Senate chambers to offer lawmakers almost 6 toes between their desks. In that case, clerks would possibly do business from home.
The 2020 session was suspended in March due to COVID-19 and lawmakers returned to the Capitol for 2 weeks in June to complete their work. Lawmakers might have the identical protocols in 2021 as they did in June.