A Texas House member tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the first three days of session this week, prompting at least one Dallas-area lawmaker to quarantine.
The revelation shows cracks in the Legislature’s COVID-19 protocols and raises questions about how Texas lawmakers will continue to safely meet as the pandemic rages on.
Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Beaumont, told The Texas Tribune he tested positive for COVID-19 on his way out of building Thursday afternoon. Deshotel wore a mask while in the House chamber, but was not tested before entering the Capitol when the new legislative session began Tuesday, he told The Tribune.
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