The Missouri Senate won't meet next week because of COVID-19 concerns, Floor Majority Leader Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, said in a tweet Wednesday.
The Missouri Senate will not be in session next week as we work to ensure the safety of our members and Capitol guests from the ongoing #COVID19 realities. @DaveSchatz26 and I will have a full statement tomorrow. #MOLeg— Caleb Rowden (@calebrowden) March 12, 2020
Rowden said he and President Pro Tem Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, will release a full statement Thursday.
The decision comes after a person who attended NICAR20, a data journalism conference in New Orleans, tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. At least two dozen MU students and staff attended the conference, several of whom went to report at the Capitol before they learned about the presumptive positive case.
The House has not announced any plans to cancel its session next week. Both chambers were set to start a 10-day spring break March 19.