Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers, uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, new House leadership and a new group of progressive lawmakers looking to exert their influence. Even some issues the General Assembly grapples with annually – such…

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