Arkansas lawmakers to meet again amid coronavirus outbreak

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FILE - In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 file photo, Members of the Arkansas House convene at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, Ark., for a special session focused on a state budget shortfall. Arkansas lawmakers will meet as planned for this year's legislative session amid the coronavirus outbreak, legislative leaders said Friday, April 3, 2020 following two members testing positive for the virus. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo, File)


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are preparing to meet again amid the coronavirus outbreak, but legislative leaders say they hope to wrap up work in less than two weeks. Legislative leaders said Friday lawmakers will move forward as planned with the fiscal session set to begin on Wednesday. The session is moving forward days after two House members tested positive for COVID-19. The session will include similar social distancing restrictions to last week, when lawmakers approved a $173 million coronavirus fund. Health officials say Arkansas has had at least 704 cases.