Kathleen Passidomo tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of first committee week

Sen. Kathleen Passidomo has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not attend legislative committee meetings this week.

The Naples Republican alerted Senate President Wilton Simpson to her positive test in a letter sent to his office Sunday. She also shared the results on Twitter.

“In anticipation of the upcoming committee hearings & other meetings in Tallahassee this week, I took a Covid-19 test on Thursday 1/7. I learned this morning that the result of the test is positive,” she wrote. “For the health & safety of my colleagues & staff, & in accordance with FL Senate protocols, I will not be able to attend the hearings & meetings in person this week.”

Monday marks the beginning of the Senate’s interim meetings before the Legislative Session begins in March. Passidomo is the Senate Rules Committee Chair and is expected to be the Senate President for the 2022-24 term.

Passidomo has “mild, cold-like symptoms” and will participate this week from abroad.

She was expected to host a procedural briefing for Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs Monday afternoon. Simpson and Passidomo will discuss Sunday evening whether to have Passidomo host that meeting over the phone or to delay the

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