Republican state senator in Virginia sues over constraints of 2021 session

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Virginia State Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-Va Beach, gestures as he addresses the Senate during the Virginia Senate Special Session in the temporary Senate chambers at the Science Museum of Virginia, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A GOP state senator in Virginia is suing over plans by Democratic leaders to limit public access to lawmakers’ offices during next year’s legislative session.

Virginia Beach Sen. Bill DeSteph announced his lawsuit Tuesday, saying plans to keep a state office building open only to credentialed staff and lawmakers during the legislative session is a violation of the First Amendment.

DeSteph said the Pocahontas Building, which sits just next to the state Capitol, should be open for in-person meetings.

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