Monday, October 26, 2020 8:45 PM EST
By ANDREW DeMILLO, AP
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas state senator has tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the 7th virus case among lawmakers in the past week. Senate President Jim Hendren says Sen. Cecile Bledsoe tested positive for the virus on Sunday. Bledsoe is the latest lawmaker to test positive in an outbreak that prompted a halt to budget hearings last week. Bledsoe co-chairs the Joint Budget Committee and the Legislative Council. She's the mother of state Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe. Hendren says lawmakers plan to resume budget hearings this week, but with new safety procedures.