Lobbyist who met with NC lawmakers tests positive for coronavirus
State lawmakers had more questions than answers Wednesday after learning that an unidentified lobbyist tested positive for coronavirus after meeting with lawmakers.Posted — Updated
No official notification has yet gone out from leaders' offices or from Legislative Services, but several House lawmakers were notified by the lobbyist about the positive test.
House Minority Leader Darren Jackson said at least one of those lawmakers is in his caucus. Jackson, D-Wake, said that lawmaker and the lobbyist met in the lawmaker's office.
House Speaker Tim Moore told The News & Observer, which first reported the story, that no lawmakers who met with the lobbyist have tested positive so far.
Wake County senators hadn't heard anything about it Wednesday before being asked about it by reporters.
"Oh, great," responded Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, D-Wake. "Certainly, there’s been no internal communications from the leadership. I just hope that that lobbyist was wearing a mask during the time he or she was in the building."
"If that was the case, I would hope everyone would be notified," said Sen. Wiley Nickel, D-Wake. "Whether you’re a reporter, legislator or staff, we’re all affected."
Most members of House and Senate leadership didn't wear masks regularly during the short session that largely wrapped up last Friday. Most lobbyists didn't wear them, either.
"The lack of individuals wearing masks," Chaudhuri said, "raises a whole host of issues."
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