California Republicans banned from Capitol after COVID-19 test; can vote from home

Republican California state senators were banned from the Capitol on Thursday after one of their colleagues tested positive for coronavirus this week and potentially exposed others at caucus meetings in the final leg of 2020 legislative session.

Ten of the Senate’s 11 Republican lawmakers will be allowed to debate and vote from home for the remainder of the session. They will not be permitted to return to the Capitol for 14 days even if the results are negative, the Senate announced.

Sen. Brian Jones, R-Santee, who said on Wednesday he’d tested positive for the coronavirus, had been in his chamber Monday for a floor session, and had met with Republican colleagues during a Tuesday caucus lunch.



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