Washington Legislature convenes under tight security

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s Legislature convenes Monday under a large security presence because of concerns about efforts by armed groups who might try to disrupt the proceedigs or occupy the Capitol, which is closed to the public due to the ongoing pandemic. A right-wing militia had initially encouraged its members to occupy the Capitol when the Legislature meets to kick off its 105-day legislative session at noon Monday.  While an organizer of the planned occupation canceled the event, he acknowledged he did expect some people might show up to create mayhem. Lawmakers’ agenda includes dealing with pressing issues related to COVID-19, such as support for struggling businesses and renters, and police reform.