March 16, 2020 •

Lousiana Legislature Suspends Session

On March 16, the Louisiana Legislature was temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. The suspension is scheduled to be in effect until 11 a.m. on March 31. Per the constitution, the legislature is still scheduled to adjourn sine die on June […]

On March 16, the Louisiana Legislature was temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

The suspension is scheduled to be in effect until 11 a.m. on March 31.

Per the constitution, the legislature is still scheduled to adjourn sine die on June 1.

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March 16, 2020 •

Colorado Adjourns Until March 30 Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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State lawmakers voted on March 14 to suspend the Colorado legislature for two weeks over concerns about the coronavirus. The decision comes after Gov. Jared Polis issued guidance against gatherings of more than 250 people. The General Assembly, which began […]

State lawmakers voted on March 14 to suspend the Colorado legislature for two weeks over concerns about the coronavirus.

The decision comes after Gov. Jared Polis issued guidance against gatherings of more than 250 people.

The General Assembly, which began its session on January 8, will adjourn until March 30 in the interest of public health.

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March 16, 2020 •

Iowa Suspends Legislative Session

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On Sunday, the Iowa House and Senate announced the legislative session will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days due to concerns over COVID-19. The House and Senate will convene today at the regular scheduled time to consider resolutions […]

On Sunday, the Iowa House and Senate announced the legislative session will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days due to concerns over COVID-19.

The House and Senate will convene today at the regular scheduled time to consider resolutions regarding continuity of government.

Previously scheduled subcommittee and committee meetings have been cancelled, and standing committees will be on-call as needed.

The Capitol building opens today at 11:00 am, with entrances open on both the south and west sides.

The Department of Public Health will administer health screenings to all persons prior to entering the Capitol.

This includes filling out a health questionnaire as well as a temperature reading.

All schedule events, tours, and receptions at the Capitol are cancelled until further notice.

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March 16, 2020 •

Vermont Legislature Adjourns Until March 24

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On March 13, the Legislature adjourned until Tuesday, March 24, due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The State House will be closed for cleaning and all staff except essential security and IT personnel will work remotely. Legislative leaders will reevaluate whether […]

On March 13, the Legislature adjourned until Tuesday, March 24, due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

The State House will be closed for cleaning and all staff except essential security and IT personnel will work remotely.

Legislative leaders will reevaluate whether to extend the break after the one-week closure.

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March 13, 2020 •

Missouri Senate to Recess Over Coronavirus

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Senate Majority Leader of Missouri Caleb Rowden announced, due to concerns over spreading the COVID-19 illness, the Senate will not meet next week. The legislative spring break was set to begin on March 19, meaning the Senate is not scheduled […]

Senate Majority Leader of Missouri Caleb Rowden announced, due to concerns over spreading the COVID-19 illness, the Senate will not meet next week.

The legislative spring break was set to begin on March 19, meaning the Senate is not scheduled to reconvene for the rest of the month.

The House will meet next week to work on the budget.

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March 13, 2020 •

Indiana Legislature Adjourns

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The second regular session of the 121st General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12, after a 14-hour session. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed 25 of the 45 bills received in the last two days of the session. This is including […]

The second regular session of the 121st General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12, after a 14-hour session.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed 25 of the 45 bills received in the last two days of the session.

This is including one providing for electronic filing of campaign finance reports by candidates and committees.

Additionally, Holcomb signed a bill preventing the state and political subdivisions from contracting with a “prohibited person”.

This is officially defined as a person designated as posing a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks.

As a result, the remaining acts passed by the Legislature become law on the eighth day after presentment if Holcomb does not sign or veto them.

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March 13, 2020 •

Canadian Parliament to Adjourn Until At Least April 20

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After completing its legislative business today, the Parliament of Canada will adjourn until at least April 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The political parties have agreed to the adjournment, according to Conservative House of Commons leader Mark Strahl. “Members […]

After completing its legislative business today, the Parliament of Canada will adjourn until at least April 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The political parties have agreed to the adjournment, according to Conservative House of Commons leader Mark Strahl.

“Members of Parliament are speaking with one voice today to say that we will do our part,” said MP Peter Julian on behalf of the New Democratic Party, according to Politico.

Additionally, on March 12, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, was diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.

Even while adjourned, the government will still have the ability to allocate federal funds to try to stem the spread of the virus.

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March 13, 2020 •

Utah Legislature Adjourns, Responds to COVID-19

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In the final hours of the legislative session ending just before midnight on March 12, lawmakers pushed through a series of measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislature extended the state of emergency for Utah to June 30, […]

In the final hours of the legislative session ending just before midnight on March 12, lawmakers pushed through a series of measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The legislature extended the state of emergency for Utah to June 30, and instituted a “no handshake” rule at the Capitol.

To help seniors who are highly susceptible to the novel coronavirus, $24 million was appropriated.

An additional $16 million was appropriated to the Utah Department of Health.

Finally, $4 million was passed for Utah’s Division of Emergency Management dealing with COVID-19.

Senate Majority Whip Dan Hemmert passed a resolution that allows lawmakers to meet remotely, using electronic communication methods.

House Bill 186, relating to lobbyist registration as a foreign agent, was introduced but not passed.

The bill would have required a foreign agent to register with the lieutenant governor prior to engaging in any lobbying activity.

In total, lawmakers passed 510 bills ranging from affordable housing and education to women’s rights and technology.

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March 13, 2020 •

Delaware Lawmakers Postpone Legislative Session

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Due to concerns over COVID-19, the Delaware General Assembly has postponed the legislative session for one week until March 24. Lawmakers were originally expected to return next week to discuss the state budget. Starting today, the Capitol building will be […]

Due to concerns over COVID-19, the Delaware General Assembly has postponed the legislative session for one week until March 24.

Lawmakers were originally expected to return next week to discuss the state budget.

Starting today, the Capitol building will be closed to the public including tours and official meetings.

Legislators will reevaluate how to manage the rest of the legislative session on a weekly basis.

The closure does not affect any lobbyist reporting.

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March 13, 2020 •

Washington Legislature Adjourns, Ups COVID-19 Funding

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The 2020 session of the Washington State Legislature adjourned sine die on March 12 after 60 days in session. Lawmakers’ final hours of work were overshadowed by the continued onslaught of COVID-19 news in the state. This prompted passage of […]

The 2020 session of the Washington State Legislature adjourned sine die on March 12 after 60 days in session.

Lawmakers’ final hours of work were overshadowed by the continued onslaught of COVID-19 news in the state.

This prompted passage of a supplemental state budget doubling funding from $100 million to $200 million for the COVID-19 response.

Lawmakers noted the sense of urgency to finish their work quickly due to growing concerns about the spread of the virus.

During the session, legislators passed a bill concerning certification of the level of foreign national ownership for corporations participating in state elections.

Senate Bill 6152 requires a certification from each corporation making a contribution to the candidate, political committee, or incidental committee.

The certification must state the corporation’s ownership is comprised of less than 50% of foreign nationals.

Legislators also passed a procurement bill providing for accountability and transparency in government contracting.

House Bill 1521 requires evaluation of contract performance.

The evaluation assess whether decisions to contract out government services to the private sector are achieving their stated objectives.

In addition, the bill intends to ensure public contractors given access to state resources are held to ethical standards consistent with public values.

Gov. Jay Inslee has 20 days to act on the bills.

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March 13, 2020 •

Maryland General Assembly Closed to the Public Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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On March 12, the Maryland General Assembly announced the State House, the House and Senate office buildings, and Department of Legislative Services will be closed to the public. Only people with a state-issued credential are permitted access. Further, a mandatory […]

On March 12, the Maryland General Assembly announced the State House, the House and Senate office buildings, and Department of Legislative Services will be closed to the public.

Only people with a state-issued credential are permitted access.

Further, a mandatory telework policy has been put into effect for all non-essential personnel.

The announcement came after Gov. Larry Hogan instituted a similar telework policy for state agencies.

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March 13, 2020 •

Georgia General Assembly Halts Session

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On Thursday March 12, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Speaker of the House David Ralston announced the General Assembly will suspend the 2020 legislative session indefinitely. The assembly suspended following the 29th legislative day on Friday, March 13. The suspension […]

On Thursday March 12, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Speaker of the House David Ralston announced the General Assembly will suspend the 2020 legislative session indefinitely.

The assembly suspended following the 29th legislative day on Friday, March 13.

The suspension is out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of health and safety of members, staff and the public given the prevalence of the coronavirus.

The session will resume at a future date to be determined.

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March 13, 2020 •

Virginia General Assembly Adjourns 2020 Session

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The 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12. The assembly completed the final actions for the session, including approval of the budget bill. Legislators will reconvene on April 22 for the annual one-day veto […]

The 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12.

The assembly completed the final actions for the session, including approval of the budget bill.

Legislators will reconvene on April 22 for the annual one-day veto session.

Under consideration are Gov. Ralph Northam’s vetoes and recommended amendments on any bills still pending.

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March 12, 2020 •

Illinois Cancels Legislative Sessions and Events Through Next Week

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On Wednesday March 11, lawmakers cancelled all legislative sessions through next week. This will also include all other events scheduled to take place at the Capitol in Springfield, including lobby day events and tours of the Capitol. Senate President Don […]

On Wednesday March 11, lawmakers cancelled all legislative sessions through next week.

This will also include all other events scheduled to take place at the Capitol in Springfield, including lobby day events and tours of the Capitol.

Senate President Don Harmon announced next week’s legislative sessions are canceled due to public health concerns over the coronavirus.

The General Assembly was set to return to session in Springfield next Wednesday, the day after Tuesday’s primary.

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