March 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on State Legislatures

Amid the public health crisis that has befallen our nation, many state legislatures have begun taking precautionary measures at state capitol buildings – if not postponing or cancelling their legislative sessions entirely. 

As of Monday, March 16, fifteen states (CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, KY, MD, ME, MO, NE, NH, OH, RI, and VT) had announced cancellations or postponements of some or all of their sessions, with some states noting that special sessions may be called later in the year to complete legislative business still left on the table. Other states (AK, for example) are continuing legislative business but have made severe changes to their procedures at the capitol – such as cancelling public hearings or barring entry by the general public to capitol facilities and grounds. Still others have placed short-term holds on legislative activity for the first part of this week as they explore the possibility of longer cancellations. 

This is a highly fluid and dynamic situation, and many additional cancellations and changes are expected in the coming days. CSF will provide updates through this platform as they become available. 

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