A newborn baby and cursing lawmakers: California’s legislative session ends in chaos

Technological mayhem, a virus-spreading gathering and a one-month old baby on the Assembly floor: The end of California’s 2020 legislative session was peak Covid-era politics.

The final night in Sacramento reached a boiling point Monday when frustrated Republican senators — barred from the Capitol after a colleague they’d met with in person tested positive for the coronavirus — accused Democratic leadership of taking advantage of their quarantine requirements.

“Bullshit,” blurted out Republican Sen. Melissa Melendez after leaders in the Democratic majority said they would restrict debate on bills in the final hours of the session, which ended at midnight.

Some observers wondered if Melendez mistakenly let the critique slip by forgetting to mute her computer — a new political hazard in the pandemic. She was scolded by a Democratic colleague for using profanity.