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Legislature cancels session after lawmaker tests COVID positive


The Legislature will not return to the state Capitol in Lansing this week because one member has tested positive for COVID-19.

Republican state Senator Tom Barrett tested positive as part of routine screening for National Guard service. Barrett said he’s self-isolating, but is not experiencing significant symptoms.

Senate Republican spokeswoman Amber McCann said the week off will allow lawmakers and staff to get tested and wait on the results.

“So in order for that time to take place, we’re going to cancel session and committees this week.”

McCann said plans for next week are still under consideration.

Republicans have clashed with Governor Gretchen Whitmer over the pace of allowing schools and businesses to re-open.

Democratic state Representative Isaac Robinson died in March of a suspected coronavirus infection.

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