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January 11, 2022

New legislative session starts; many lawmakers work remote

Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers in Washington state have started a new legislative session amid the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and much of their work will be done remotely as leaders try to limit the possibility of exposure.

Since Friday, four Democratic senators — Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig and Sens. John Lovick, Mark Mullet and Yasmin Trudeau — have tested positive for the coronavirus. Billig said he had no symptoms and Lovick described his symptoms as mild. Mullet — who said he didn't have any symptoms — tested positive Monday after a test at the Capitol, and said he would work remotely the rest of the week. All four were fully vaccinated and Billig, Lovick and Mullet also received a booster. Trudeau had been set to receive her booster next week.

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