LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A second Arkansas lawmaker has tested positive for the coronavirus since the Legislature began this year's session.
House spokeswoman Cecillea Pond-Mayo said Rep. Keith Slape told the speaker Tuesday he tested positive for the virus. Slape, a Republican from Compton, was at home with mild symptoms.
Last week, it was announced that Rep. Milton Nicks, Jr. tested positive.
At least 23 Arkansas state lawmakers have tested positive since the pandemic began. That's the second-largest outbreak in a state legislature. The House and Senate convened last week with new safety measures in place that include limits on seating and rules allowing remote voting. Both chambers also approved mask rules for members, staff, and visitors.