ONLY 1 ALABAMA HOUSE DEMOCRAT SHOWED UP FOR ABBREVIATED 2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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MONTGOMERY

Alabama’s 2020 Legislative Session resumed Monday in Montgomery, but the room is a lot emptier than usual.

The session stopped March 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Out of the state’s 28 House of Representatives who are Democrat, only state Rep. Rod Scott of Fairfield showed up.

State Rep. Rodney Sullivan said there were only 61 members of the House present Tuesday, out of 105. That’s enough for a quorum.

Sullivan said representatives were called into house chambers Monday and Tuesday in groups of six before being spread out into assigned seats.

“We’re only on Day 2,” Sullivan said. “I don’t know yet how effective this session will be. There has to be proper floor debate.”

Lawmakers said they’ll be focused on the education and general fund budgets while the House remains so empty.

But House Democrats said it’s still too early to resume the session amid COVID-19 concerns.

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