INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The top lawmaker in the Indiana House has tested positive for COVID-19 and
has had mild symptoms of the respiratory disease, his office said Thursday.
Speaker Todd Huston of Fishers received the test result on Wednesday and is
quarantining at home. His office said Huston, 48, hasnít been at the
Statehouse within the past week or had recent contact with other legislators
or legislative staffers.
ďI will continue
quarantining at home and taking all necessary precautions,Ē Huston said in a
statement. ďI look forward to returning to work when itís safe to do so.Ē
Republican-dominated Legislature is scheduled to begin its 2021 session on
Jan. 4, with debates expected over Gov. Eric Holcombís use of the state
emergency powers law to impose business restrictions during the coronavirus
advocated the use of face masks but hasnít supported requiring lawmakers to
wear them while conducting legislative business. Two Republican House
members didnít wear masks when most of the 150 lawmakers met at the
Statehouse three weeks ago for their Organization Day session.
Huston became the
House speaker in March after Republican Brian Bosma stepped down from the
position he held for the past decade.