Colorado legislature pauses session over coronavirus fears

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DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers are pausing their session over fears of the coronavirus outbreak.

House Speaker KC Becker said Saturday the coronavirus has become an “urgent, pervasive and incredibly important issue for all of us in the legislature to address quickly.”

Lawmakers tentatively plan to reconvene on March 30.

The recess comes 67 days into the 120-day session.

Major legislation, including the state budget, is pending or has yet to be introduced. Dozens of people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Colorado, and one person has died.

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