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Pandemic overshadows agenda as Arkansas lawmakers meet

Arkansas lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for a legislative session that’s been...
Arkansas lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for a legislative session that’s been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.(ABC/NBC)
Published: Jan. 9, 2021 at 2:59 PM CST
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for a legislative session that’s been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The virus has already changed operations at the Capitol, which has had the second highest known outbreak in a state Legislature in the country.

The virus will also likely prompt a fight over the governor’s emergency powers. But the Legislature also faces a busy agenda with several other items, including tax cuts, health care, abortion and redistricting.

The session is set to begin on Monday.

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