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Maine Lawmakers Close Sessions

Responding to the state’s first presumptive case of the new coronavirus, legislative leaders have taken a number of steps including closing sessions of the legislature.

“This includes no public tours of the State House, no pages, as you might have seen today, no concerts, no Hall of Flags events,” says House Speaker Sara Gideon.

Legislative sessions will be streamed online so the public can still observe legislative sessions, just not in person. Leaders are also discussing ways they might speed up work of the Legislature before the April 15 targeted date for adjournment.

“We additionally have had ongoing conversations about expediting the work this body has to complete,” says Gideon.