SPOKANE, Wash – The 2022 legislative session begins Monday, the second session in a pandemic.

Because of COVID-19 and the rise of Omicron cases, many lawmakers will work remotely. A limited number of legislators will be allowed on the floor this year, and they’ll be required to take COVID-19 tests before coming in. Only vaccinated House members will be allowed on the floor, whereas the Senate is requiring a negative COVID-19 test walking in.