by: Katie Lannan
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BOSTON (SHNS) – State senators will be masked as they debate sports betting legislation on Thursday after two Senate employees who were in State House last week tested positive for COVID-19.
Senate leadership also learned Thursday of further possible exposures, and a spokeswoman for President Karen Spilka said senators and staff have been asked to wear masks in the Senate chamber, lobby and adjoining Senate reading room.
After a caucus late Thursday morning, the Senate was in session Thursday afternoon with plans to take up the Sports Betting Act (S 2844) and 69 amendments. The caucus was held in a hybrid format with the option to attend virtually or in the Senate reading room, and senators still have the opportunity to attend the session externally under emergency rules that are in place through July.