Rep. Clarence Styvar, R-Cheyenne, right, and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, look at a passage in the Wyoming Constitution during the one-day virtual session of the 66th Wyoming Legislature Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, inside the House chamber of the state Capitol. Many legislators opted to participate in the session virtually, while some chose to be present. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE – In a one-day session Tuesday marking the start of the 66th Wyoming Legislature’s business, lawmakers in both chambers agreed to delay much of the general session as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, despite a few objections from some far-right members of the body.

Although the one-day session was conducted virtually, about half of the state’s 90 lawmakers came to the Capitol to participate in the day’s proceedings, which mainly focused on adopting legislative rules and formally electing new leadership officials. Ultimately, the Wyoming Senate and House of Representatives both voted to adjourn until Jan. 27, at which point they’ll reconvene for an eight-day virtual session.

Tom Coulter is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s state government reporter. He can be reached at tcoulter@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3124. Follow him on Twitter at @tomcoulter_.

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