Amid COVID-19 travel warnings, lawmakers fly to Hawaiian resort

Amid COVID-19 travel warnings, lawmakers fly to Hawaiian resort
Not Illinois. (Image: Freeimages.com/Nicholas Wright)

[Ed. – It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.]

Legislators from California and other states are gathering for an annual conference in Maui this week despite a spike in COVID-19 cases in the Golden State that resulted in travel warnings by health officials.

More than half a dozen California lawmakers are among the 50 people attending a policy conference sponsored by the Independent Voter Project, a nonprofit group, at the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel in Wailea, with some legislators’ travel expenses picked up by the hosts. The four-day conference, at which panel participants discuss various issues including how to reopen states safely amid COVID-19, began Monday.

The annual gathering, which has seen up to 25 California lawmakers in attendance in past years, has faced criticism because it is partly financed and attended by special interests, including businesses and labor groups, that lobby legislators.

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