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Legislature returns Tuesday, will keep virtual format

Legislative leaders say not enough people have been vaccinated to open Legislative Hall.
The General Assembly starts four weeks of sessions and committee meetings on Tuesday.
The General Assembly starts four weeks of sessions and committee meetings on Tuesday.

 

The Delaware General Assembly will reconvene March 9 in the same virtual-session format they followed in January.

While 228,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, Legislative Hall will remain closed because so many Delawareans have not yet been vaccinated, leaders said.

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, and Senate President Pro Tempore David Sokola, D-Newark, said in a press release that they believed the virtual session allows more people to attend and participate in public committee meetings.

The House and Senate’s 22 combined committee meetings averaged 64 attendees, well above the numbers that can fit in most committee meeting rooms in Legislative Hall.

The House and Senate will return to session for four weeks of committee meetings and floor votes.

 

Floor sessions are viewable both live or at any time afterward on the legislative website, under the “Meetings and Archives” tab.

The House will hold committee meetings on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays during that time, with floor votes scheduled for Thursdays. House committee meeting schedules can be found here. The House agenda can be found here.

The full Senate will convene at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Committee meetings will be held mostly on Wednesdays, with some hearings scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The full Senate may convene at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays to consider gubernatorial nominations and other business. Resolutions and legislation also may be considered on those Wednesdays.

Senate committee meeting schedules can be found here. The Senate agenda can be found here.

The COVID-19 situation will be re-evaluated as new data becomes available, the press release said.

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