May 4, 2020 •

Rhode Island General Assembly Extends Postponement

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly has extended the postponement of the legislative session. All House and Senate sessions are canceled for the week of May 4 to May 8. Additionally, the House Finance Committee is expected […]

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly has extended the postponement of the legislative session.

All House and Senate sessions are canceled for the week of May 4 to May 8.

Additionally, the House Finance Committee is expected to resume budget hearings the week of May 11, and the full General Assembly are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 12.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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May 4, 2020 •

New Hampshire General Court Suspends Legislative Activities Indefinitely

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Court has suspended all legislative activities until further notice except for remote public meetings. Lawmakers previously suspended legislative activities until May 4. The State House and Legislative Office Building will be closed to […]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Court has suspended all legislative activities until further notice except for remote public meetings.

Lawmakers previously suspended legislative activities until May 4.

The State House and Legislative Office Building will be closed to legislative members, legislative staff, and visitors during the suspension.

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May 1, 2020 •

Mississippi Legislature to Reconvene Session on May 1

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn have announced the Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session at 1:00 p.m. on May 1. In addition, the end-of-session report will be due 10 days after the […]

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn have announced the Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session at 1:00 p.m. on May 1.

In addition, the end-of-session report will be due 10 days after the adjournment sine die of the regular legislative session.

The expected adjournment date was extended to June 9 when the session was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

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May 1, 2020 •

Georgia Lawmakers Propose Two Potential Dates to Reconvene Session

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Georgia General Assembly leaders have proposed two potential dates to reconvene the suspended session. The Senate has proposed a return date of May 14, while the House has proposed a June 11 return date. Given an agreement between both houses […]

Georgia General Assembly leaders have proposed two potential dates to reconvene the suspended session.

The Senate has proposed a return date of May 14, while the House has proposed a June 11 return date.

Given an agreement between both houses are needed for the return.

Upon the General Assembly’s return, the 2021 budget will be a chief concern as the fiscal year begins on July 1.

State level and Transportation Board lobbyists will continue to be required to file semi-monthly until lawmakers have officially adjourned sine die.

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May 1, 2020 •

South Carolina General Assembly Set to Reconvene on May 12

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South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas and Senate President Harvey Peeler announced the General Assembly will reconvene on May 12. The leaders made the announcement in a joint letter. The General Assembly is expected to pass bills allowing them to […]

South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas and Senate President Harvey Peeler announced the General Assembly will reconvene on May 12.

The leaders made the announcement in a joint letter.

The General Assembly is expected to pass bills allowing them to take up a number of matters in a special session.

Additionally, the General Assembly will work to extend the time to pass a budget.

This work was set to be completed when they reconvened on April 8.

However, a public disagreement over restrictions on Santee Cooper led to a failure to come to an agreement.

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April 27, 2020 •

Alabama Legislature Delays Its Return

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The Alabama Legislature’s leadership has announced the Legislature’s return will be delayed until May 4. Originally set to return on April 28, the decision complies with Gov. Kay Ivey’s stay-at-home order, which remains in effect until April 30. This delay […]

The Alabama Legislature’s leadership has announced the Legislature’s return will be delayed until May 4.

Originally set to return on April 28, the decision complies with Gov. Kay Ivey’s stay-at-home order, which remains in effect until April 30.

This delay will require the Legislature to work quickly as the session must adjourn sine die on or before May 18, per the state constitution.

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April 23, 2020 •

Connecticut General Assembly Announces Session Will Not Reconvene

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On April 21, the General Assembly announced the regular session will not reconvene before the May 6 constitutional adjournment date. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the legislative session has been suspended since March 11. Legislative leaders expect a special […]

On April 21, the General Assembly announced the regular session will not reconvene before the May 6 constitutional adjournment date.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the legislative session has been suspended since March 11.

Legislative leaders expect a special session to be called in the coming months to address pending bills to ensure the continuity of government functions.

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April 20, 2020 •

Quebec National Assembly Extends Adjournment

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On April 17, the Quebec National Assembly extended its adjournment until May 5 because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The Assembly had agreed on March 17 to adjourn parliamentary business until April 21. At the time, the leaders of the […]

On April 17, the Quebec National Assembly extended its adjournment until May 5 because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Assembly had agreed on March 17 to adjourn parliamentary business until April 21.

At the time, the leaders of the four parliamentary groups left open the option to recommend to the President of the National Assembly to extend the adjournment beyond April 21.

Lawmakers plan to hold four virtual committee sessions.

These will allow MPs and members of the opposition groups to exchange views with members of the executive.

These committee sessions will be held between April 24 and May 1.

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April 17, 2020 •

Rhode Island General Assembly Extends Postponement

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Rhode Island State House

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly is extending the postponement of the legislative session. All House and Senate sessions and committee hearings for the week of April 20 to April 24 have been canceled. The General Assembly […]

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly is extending the postponement of the legislative session.

All House and Senate sessions and committee hearings for the week of April 20 to April 24 have been canceled.

The General Assembly is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 28.

These changes do not affect lobbyist reporting.

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April 17, 2020 •

Kentucky Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

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The 154th regular session of the General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 16. The Republican supermajority in both the House and Senate voted to override Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 2. Senate bill 2 requires voters to […]

The 154th regular session of the General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 16.

The Republican supermajority in both the House and Senate voted to override Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 2.

Senate bill 2 requires voters to present government-issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot beginning with the November general election.

Additionally, a passed bill proposing a constitutional amendment will appear on the November ballot.

The amendment will increase the term of office for district judges from four years to eight years beginning in 2022.

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April 16, 2020 •

Utah Convenes Online for Emergency Special Session

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Due to COVID-19, Utah lawmakers are meeting online for the first time on April 16 for an emergency special session. Only Senate President Stuart Adams and House Speaker Brad Wilson are expected to be in the legislative chambers in the […]

Due to COVID-19, Utah lawmakers are meeting online for the first time on April 16 for an emergency special session.

Only Senate President Stuart Adams and House Speaker Brad Wilson are expected to be in the legislative chambers in the closed state Capitol.

Work on more than 20 items on the agenda will be tackled in one chamber at a time, beginning in the House.

Bills will not receive committee hearings, which are optional in a special session.

The session will continue for a period of up to 10 days.

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April 13, 2020 •

Kentucky General Assembly to Reconvene on April 14

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The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session will reconvene on April 14, one day earlier than previously announced. Lawmakers will consider overriding vetoes cast by Gov. Andy Beshear. The governor’s time to veto recently passed bills expires on April 13. Lawmakers […]

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session will reconvene on April 14, one day earlier than previously announced.

Lawmakers will consider overriding vetoes cast by Gov. Andy Beshear.

The governor’s time to veto recently passed bills expires on April 13.

Lawmakers also have the option to convene on April 15, the latest possible day they can meet in regular session this year under state constitution guidelines.

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April 13, 2020 •

Iowa Legislature Will Remain Adjourned Until April 30

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The Legislative Council of Iowa met virtually to suspend the legislative session until April 30. The council makes rules when the legislative body isn’t in session. The suspension comes due to concerns over the increasing number of coronavirus cases in […]

The Legislative Council of Iowa met virtually to suspend the legislative session until April 30.

The council makes rules when the legislative body isn’t in session.

The suspension comes due to concerns over the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the state.

Lawmakers have not passed a budget for next year and the current fiscal year ends June 30, but a bill passed in March before the session’s suspension extends this year’s budget through the end of August.

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April 10, 2020 •

Connecticut Lawmakers Extend Postponement

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On April 8, legislative leaders announced the General Assembly is extending the postponement of the session until April 23. The State Capitol, Legislative Office Building, and State House will remain closed during the postponement. This does not immediately affect lobbyist […]

On April 8, legislative leaders announced the General Assembly is extending the postponement of the session until April 23.

The State Capitol, Legislative Office Building, and State House will remain closed during the postponement.

This does not immediately affect lobbyist reporting.

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