Legislature Postpones Return after Multiple Members and Staff Test Positive for COVID-19
July 9, 2020
Due to several confirmed positive cases of Coronavirus among California legislators and staffers, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and State Senate Leader Toni Atkins have announced that the legislature will not meet again until July 27 to “minimize potential COVID-19 exposure and transmission in the California State Capitol.”
This news comes following confirmation that Assembly Member Autumn Burke tested positive and Assembly Member Tom Lackey has been hospitalized since Sunday with COVID-19 complications. Both are expected to make full recoveries.
There are 700 bills that remain to be heard this session, including 500 Assembly bills and 200 Senate bills. The decision to postpone a return to session will have a major impact on how these remaining legislative proposals will be heard before the Legislature’s constitutionally imposed August 31st deadline. Speaker Rendon recently told legislators that his office is developing a schedule that will allow pending bills to be heard but minimize the number of days that lawmakers are in the Capitol building. The Assembly is also in contact with the State Senate in the development of this schedule. All CSAC policy units have been tracking hundreds of pieces of this remaining legislation and will continue to watch for updates to this year’s legislative calendar.