Federal and State Government Reactions to COVID-19

Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, the Federal and State governments are taking precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. See the responses being taken in the articles below.

United States Federal Government

U.S. Capitol Limits Access to Public Over Virus Concerns

FEC Will Delay Processing Reports and Requests Submitted by Mail

Canada

Canadian Parliament to Adjourn Until At Least April 20

National Assembly of Quebec Announces Adjournment of Legislative Session

The Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories Adjourns Until May

Ontario Lawmakers Call Emergency Sitting With Planned Social Distancing

Saskatchewan Lawmakers Recess Because of Coronavirus Pandemic

Canadian Parliament to Reconvene to Address Coronavirus

Alabama

Alabama Ethics Commission to Operate with Minimal Staff

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill Seeks Postponement of March 31 Runoffs

Alabama Postpones Runoff Elections

Alaska

Alaska Public Offices Commission Limited Office Closure

Alaska Governor Declares Public Health State of Emergency

Alaska Shifts to Mail-In Primary Due to COVID-19

Arizona

Arizona Legislature Approves $50 Million Relief Package, Recesses for Three Weeks

Arkansas

Arkansas Lawmakers Suspend Legislative Council Meetings

Arkansas Governor Calls Special Legislative Session

California

San Francisco Ethics Commission Offices Will Be Closed During Public Health Order

California Legislature Suspends Session in Response to COVID-19

Fair Political Practices Commission Offers Guidance on Form 700 Deadline in Wake of COVID-19

FPPC Offers Guidance on Campaign Finance Filings in Wake of COVID-19

Gov. Newsom Issues Executive Order Calling for Vote-By-Mail for Upcoming Elections

FPPC Offers Guidance on Behested Payment Reporting in Wake of COVID-19

Fair Political Practices Commission Extending Form 700 Deadline Due to COVID-19

Colorado

Colorado Adjourns Until March 30 Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Colorado Secretary of State’s Office Suspends In-Person Services

Despite Capitol Shutdown, Colorado Lawmakers Are Considering COVID-19 Responses

Connecticut

Connecticut Governor Declares State of Emergency In Response to Coronavirus

Connecticut Governor Postpones Presidential Primary Election until June

Connecticut Office of State Ethics Announces Quarterly Report Grace Period

Connecticut Lawmakers Extend Postponement of Session

District of Columbia

No Late Fees for DC Lobbyist Reports due April 15

Delaware

Delaware Lawmakers Postpone Legislative Session

Delaware General Assembly Postpones Session Until Further Notice

Delaware Governor Postpones Upcoming Elections

Georgia

Georgia General Assembly Halts Session

Georgia March Primary Postponed

Georgia Governor Recalls General Assembly for Single Day Special Session

Guam

Guam Legislature Postpones Session Indefinitely

Hawaii

Hawaii Lawmakers Recess Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission Operating, Taking Precautions Against COVID-19

Hawaii Ethics Commission Postpones March 19 Administrative Rule Hearing

Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission Closes to the Public

Hawaii State Ethics Commission To Consider Lobbyist Filing Extension

Idaho

Idaho House Adjourns, Ending Legislative Session

Illinois

Illinois Extends All Filing Deadlines 30 Days

Illinois Cancels Legislative Sessions and All Events at the Capitol Through Next Week

Chicago Board of Ethics Responds to COVID-19

Illinois Lawmakers Cancel A Second Week of Legislative Sessions

Indiana

Indiana Delays Primary to June 2

Indiana Lobby Registration Commission Update

Iowa

Iowa Suspends Legislative Session

Iowa Legislature Adjourned Until April 15

Kansas

Kansas Lawmakers Postpone Session Until Late April

Kentucky

Kentucky Legislative Session Continues As Scheduled with Precautions

Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Requests Filing Via Fax or Email

Kentucky Delays Primary Until June 23

Louisiana

Lousiana Legislature Suspends Session

Louisiana Postpones Presidential Primary

Louisiana Prepares Spending Package for Coronavirus Concerns

Louisiana Capitol Building Screens Visitors for COVID-19

Maine

Maine Legislature Announces Suspension of Legislative Session

Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Maryland

Maryland’s April Primary Elections Postponed

Maryland General Assembly to End Session Early

Maryland General Assembly Closed to the Public Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Maryland General Assembly Adjourns

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Lawmakers Postpone March 31 Elections

Michigan

Michigan Adopts Procedural Changes in Response to Coronavirus

Minnesota

Minnesota Lawmakers Scheduled to Convene March 26

Mississippi

Mississippi Legislature Halts Session Over COVID-19 Concerns

Missouri

Missouri Senate to Recess Over Coronavirus

Missouri Postpones Municipal Elections Until June 2

Montana

Montana Governor Allowing Counties to Conduct Upcoming Elections by Mail

Nebraska

Nebraska Suspends Legislative Session

Nebraska Lawmakers Considering Brief Return to Approve Emergency Funding

Nebraska Legislature Reconvened for Emergency Funding Session

Nevada

Nevada opts to Conduct All Voting in June Primary Election by Mail in Wake of COVID-19

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Legislature Suspends Legislative Activities

New Hampshire Legislature Extends Suspension of Legislative Session

New Jersey

New Jersey Legislature Cancels All Meetings after March 19

New Jersey Governor Postpones Elections until May

New Jersey Commission Providing Grace Period For Business Entities Affected By State Emergency

New Mexico

New Mexico Governor Likely to Call Special Session

New York

New York Legislature Postpones Session

NYC Mayor de Blasio Postpones Queens Special Election

New York JCOPE Announces Extension for Bimonthly Reports

NY JCOPE Announces Accommodations for COVID-19 Issues

NYC City Clerk Provides Extension for Lobbyist Report

North Carolina

North Carolina Runoff Election Postponed

Northern Marina Islands

Northern Mariana Islands Suspends Legislative Operations

Ohio

Ohio Primary Delayed By Health Department Order

Gov. Mike DeWine Seeks to Delay Ohio Primary Election

Ohio Voting for Primary Elections by Mail Only

Governor Signs Bill Making Ohio Voting for Primary Elections by Mail Only

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Lawmakers to Hold Meeting on Coronavirus

Oregon

Oregon Legislators Call for Special Session to Deal with Coronavirus Pandemic

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Pass Bill to Reschedule Primary

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Considers Unpaid Emergency Leave for Private Sector Employees

Puerto Rico Postpones Presidential Primary, Special Election

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Legislative Leaders Announce One Week Closure

Rhode Island General Assembly Postpones Session for Another Week

Rhode Island Governor to Postpone Presidential Primary

Rhode Island General Assembly Cancels Sessions For Another Week

Utah

Utah Democrats, GOP Cancel In-person State Conventions

Utah Legislature Adjourns, Responds to COVID-19

South Carolina

South Carolina Governor Postpones County Elections

Texas

Texas Governor Postpones Senate District 14 Special Election

Emergency Order Extends Austin Lobbyist Quarterly Reporting Deadline

Texas Governor Encourages Local Governments to Postpone Uniform Election

Texas Postpones May Primary Runoff Elections in Response to COVID-19

Vermont

Vermont Legislature Adjourns Until March 24

Virginia

Telework Policies and Travel Ban for Virginia Employees

Washington

Washington Legislature Adjourns Sine Die, Ups COVID-19 Funding

Washington Governor Signs Political Contribution Bill

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Ethics Commission Update

Wyoming

Wyoming Democrats Cancel In-Person Portion of Caucus Because of COVID-19

Wyoming Legislature Wraps Up Legislative Session