March 18, 2020 •

Mississippi Legislature Halts Session Over COVID-19 Concerns

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Mississippi State Capitol - by Ken Lund

The Legislature has announced the legislative session will be suspended. The Senate met March 18 to pass House Bill 1647. House Bill 1647 provides administrative leave to local government and school district employees in response to the effects of COVID-19. […]

The Legislature has announced the legislative session will be suspended.

The Senate met March 18 to pass House Bill 1647.

House Bill 1647 provides administrative leave to local government and school district employees in response to the effects of COVID-19.

The Senate also agreed to House Concurrent Resolution 65, suspending the session until April 1.

The resolution also extended the legislative session until June 9 and provided for a potential further extension until July 9.

The additional extension is needed if the Legislature is unable to reconvene in time for the June 9 deadline.

This does affect lobbyist reporting.

The end of session report due 10 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die will now be due on June 19 unless an additional extension of the session occurs.

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March 18, 2020 •

New Hampshire Legislature Extends Suspension of Legislative Session

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Due to COVID-19, the New Hampshire General Court has suspended all legislative activities through April 10. During this time, the State House will be closed to legislative members, legislative staff, and visitors. This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

Due to COVID-19, the New Hampshire General Court has suspended all legislative activities through April 10.

During this time, the State House will be closed to legislative members, legislative staff, and visitors.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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March 18, 2020 •

Oregon Legislators Call for Special Session to Deal with Coronavirus Pandemic

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Oregon Legislatures called for a special legislative session to address the impact COVID-19 is having on the state. The special session will convene when the Legislature has an emergency response package ready for consideration. The Legislature’s Special Joint Committee on […]

Oregon Legislatures called for a special legislative session to address the impact COVID-19 is having on the state.

The special session will convene when the Legislature has an emergency response package ready for consideration.

The Legislature’s Special Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response is scheduled to hold its first meeting Wednesday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

This will not affect any lobbyist reporting.

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March 17, 2020 •

The Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories Adjourns Until May

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The Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories have recessed the winter legislative session. The Assembly will be on recess until May 26 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The legislature was recalled early from a one-week recess, met on March […]

The Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories have recessed the winter legislative session.

The Assembly will be on recess until May 26 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The legislature was recalled early from a one-week recess, met on March 16, and decided to adjourn until May.

This will allow the cabinet and lawmakers to focus efforts on addressing the spread of the virus.

While the cabinet will continue to meet during the recess, members of the Legislative Assembly will return to their respective constituencies.

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March 17, 2020 •

Georgia Governor Recalls General Assembly for Single Day Special Session

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The Georgia General Assembly convened special session called by Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday, March 16 to adopt his declaration of a public health emergency. After passing a joint resolution concurring with Gov. Kemp’s declaration, the General Assembly adjourned the […]

The Georgia General Assembly convened special session called by Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday, March 16 to adopt his declaration of a public health emergency.

After passing a joint resolution concurring with Gov. Kemp’s declaration, the General Assembly adjourned the special session, sine die.

Therefore, the regular session remains suspended indefinitely.

The Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission is expected to issue guidance as to whether this will affect lobbyist dates reporting.

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March 17, 2020 •

Arkansas Lawmakers Suspend Legislative Council Meetings

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Arkansas State Capitol

On March 17, Arkansas legislative leaders announced a suspension of the Arkansas Legislative Council meetings. Specifically, this will affect the meetings scheduled for March 18 and March 19. The decision to suspend the meetings until further notice follows the latest […]

On March 17, Arkansas legislative leaders announced a suspension of the Arkansas Legislative Council meetings.

Specifically, this will affect the meetings scheduled for March 18 and March 19.

The decision to suspend the meetings until further notice follows the latest guidance regarding COVID-19.

House and Senate leadership continue to review contingency plans for this year’s regular session scheduled to begin April 8.

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March 17, 2020 •

Hawaii Lawmakers Recess Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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The House and Senate leadership announced on March 16 that the 60-day legislative session is going into an immediate recess expected to last eight weeks. Legislators are following the recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The […]

The House and Senate leadership announced on March 16 that the 60-day legislative session is going into an immediate recess expected to last eight weeks.

Legislators are following the recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The guidelines urge the public to refrain from gathering in groups of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

The session will resume where it left off subject to the call of Senate President Ron Kouchi and House Speaker Scott Saiki.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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March 17, 2020 •

Kentucky Legislative Session Continues As Scheduled with Precautions

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House and Senate leadership announced the legislative session will continue as scheduled with some precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, only elected members, staff, and members of the media will be allowed in the Capitol […]

House and Senate leadership announced the legislative session will continue as scheduled with some precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, only elected members, staff, and members of the media will be allowed in the Capitol Annex until further notice.

Governor Beshear has already closed the Capitol.

In order to ensure transparency and accessibility, there will be an increase in live streaming services and broadcasting by Kentucky Education Television (KET).

The KET will broadcast committee meetings and House and Senate Floor proceedings.

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March 17, 2020 •

Maine Legislature Announces Suspension of Legislative Session

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Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, the Maine Legislature will suspend the legislative session on Tuesday, March 17. Lawmakers will meet to consider bills relating to the supplemental budget and legislation regarding coronavirus response before adjourning. Currently, the scheduled suspension […]

Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, the Maine Legislature will suspend the legislative session on Tuesday, March 17.

Lawmakers will meet to consider bills relating to the supplemental budget and legislation regarding coronavirus response before adjourning.

Currently, the scheduled suspension is indefinite and no timeframe to reconvene lawmakers has been announced.

Until March 30, the State House will only be open to legislators, staff, and members of the press.

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March 17, 2020 •

Maryland General Assembly to End Session Early

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The General Assembly has announced the 2020 session will adjourn on Wednesday, March 18, due to concerns about COVID-19. Though they intend to reconvene the session the last week of May, lawmakers are pushing to complete legislation by Wednesday’s self-imposed […]

The General Assembly has announced the 2020 session will adjourn on Wednesday, March 18, due to concerns about COVID-19.

Though they intend to reconvene the session the last week of May, lawmakers are pushing to complete legislation by Wednesday’s self-imposed deadline.

Senate President Bill Ferguson stressed the importance of focusing and prioritizing the most important measures and policies.

Among these important measures is the budget bill constitutionally required to be completed during this session.

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March 16, 2020 •

Lousiana Legislature Suspends Session

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Louisiana State Capitol

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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