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PHOTOS: The Strange New Normal Inside The Colorado State Capitol

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State representatives take the pledge of allegiance Tuesday as they resume their session during the coronavirus pandemic. Most lawmakers wore masks and sat in desks seperated by new plexiglass barriers.

The Colorado Capitol looked and sounded very different on Tuesday as state lawmakers returned for the first time in more than two months.

From difficulties hearing caused by legislators trying to talk through face masks to new plexiglass barriers placed between every desk in the House of Representatives, the legislature is adapting to new safety measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

But the new one-way stairwells and other obstacles pale in comparison to the biggest challenge lawmakers face:

Passing a budget that includes a $3.3 billion shortfall caused by the impacts of the coronavirus.

When they gaveled in their new session, lawmakers could hear the sound of protestors in school buses and other vehicles honking as they drove around the building to oppose nearly $1 billion in proposed cuts to the state's education budget.

Lawmakers expect to be in the building for three weeks.

Here's what it looked like on day one:

Scott Franz/Capitol Coverage

Scott Franz/Capitol Coverage
Scott Franz/Capitol Coverage
Scott Franz/Capitol Coverage
Scott Franz/Capitol Coverage
Scott Franz/Capitol Coverage
Scott Franz/Capitol Coverage

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