New session begins amid COVID-19

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Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Assemblymember Marie Waldron Special to Valley News The organizational session for the State Assembly’s 2021-2022 convened in Sacramento, Dec. 7. But this year, things looked a lot different from normal. Though a few bills were introduced, the Speaker and other Assembly officers were sworn in, and resolutions related to operating the House were adopted, the event was not held at the State Capitol building as usual. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the new session began at Golden 1 Center, the first time since 1907 that the organizational session was held at someplace other than the Capitol. All members entering the Golden 1 Center were tested for COVID-19. Masks were worn and social distancing observed. No guests or family members allowed. Typically, the day before, the gov
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