State lawmakers open new session amid coronavirus pandemic

  • Rep. Della Au Belatti, left, the House majority leader, and House Speaker Scott Saiki speak to reporters at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

  • House Speaker Scott Saiki addresses lawmakers at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

  • Activists promoting sustainable organic agriculture hold signs outside the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

  • Law enforcement mill about on the grounds of the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

  • Law enforcement stand in front of the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

  • Members of the state House are sworn in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU — State lawmakers opened a new legislative session Wednesday, with coronavirus protections in place like masks and clear plastic shields separating their seats.