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Legislature Starts Back Up After COVID-19 Suspension

Katarina Sostaric
Iowa Public Radio
Lawmakers return to the capitol during the COVID19 pandemic on June 3, 2020.

Iowa lawmakers return Wednesday for the 2020 legislative session. Legislative leaders suspended the session numerous times to help slow the spread of coronavirus. They are returning despite the fact that the  Iowa Department of Public Health continues to report new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and deaths daily.

There will be extra health precautions taken at the capitol and meetings will be live-streamed. Lawmakers are working with $360 million less in the state budget than they were expecting.   

Clay Masters is the senior politics reporter for MPR News.
Katarina Sostaric is IPR's State Government Reporter