California Senate delays return to work due to coronavirus outbreak

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Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (D-Marina del Rey), seen in a 2019 photo, announced on Twitter that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. (Robert Gourley / Los Angeles Times)

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (D-Marina del Rey), seen in a 2019 photo, announced on Twitter that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. (Robert Gourley / Los Angeles Times)

The California Senate will delay its work because of a coronavirus outbreak at the Capitol and an increasing number of new cases across the state.

The Senate had been scheduled to return from its summer recess on Monday. But a memo from Secretary of the Senate Erika Contreras says it won’t be in session next week. The memo does not give a return date.

The state Assembly already announced an indefinite hiatus after six people who work there tested positive for the virus.

That includes Democratic Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, a Democrat from Inglewood, who is believed to have been infected while on the Assembly floor last month when lawmakers returned to the state Capitol in Sacramento to approve a $202.1 billion budget.

Lawmakers missed nearly two months of work at the start of the pandemic. 

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