Okay, I guess I should be a little more transparent about this. The Augusta Civic Center isn't actually the new Maine State House, but it might function a little bit LIKE the Maine State House.

You see, with COVID infection rates continuing to grow daily here in Maine, everyone is looking for ways to minimize the risk of infectious spread while still being able to execute their jobs in a safe manner. That it also true for our Maine legislature. Ever since I can remember, and decades before that, the state Senate and House has convened inside the historic chambers of the Maine Statehouse- but, those rooms (especially the House side) don't provide many options for social distancing while still being in session.

According to the Kennebec Journal, the Senate, which has 35 members, and the House, which has 151 members, just don't have enough space to remain 6 feet apart in their respective chambers. Though they will at the city owned and operated Augusta Civic Center.  It is expected that both chambers will hold their first sessions at the Civic Center while smaller committee meetings will still take place at the State House.

 

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