Coronavirus and State Legislatures in the News


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NCSL is tracking the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) may have on state legislatures, including suspension or postponement of legislative session or committee hearings, reduced public access or temporary closure of state capitols and remote participation. Check back often for updated news articles.

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Legislative Session and Committee Meetings

Alabama Speaker Mac McCutcheon says legislators will pause session after two weeks for COVID-19 assessment. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Lawmakers and officials plan to hold the upcoming legislative session in the State House, but how to do it safely and whether to allow public access is still being discussed. (added 1/8/2021) 
  COVID-19 has Alabama lawmakers considering new site for next year’s session. (added 12/15/2020)
  House of Representatives are adjusting procedures for the 2021 session because of COVID-19. (added 12/15/2020)
Alaska Alaska Legislature to convene with focus on budget and coronavirus. (added 1/26/2021) 
  As COVID cases rise, Legislature is highly unlikely to gather in Juneau. (added 12/15/2020)
Arizona With the Senate building closed, public input on proposed legislation will be limited, though the House will allow visitors to attend committee meetings. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The Legislature is still deciding how to complete its work while preventing a COVID-19 outbreak. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The Senate will require face masks during the 2021 legislative session. (added 12/24/2020) 
  How can the legislature meet safely without spreading the virus. (added 12/15/2020)
Arkansas Arkansas lawmakers meet with plans to focus on COVID-19. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The Arkansas General Assembly outlines plans for how to conduct the 2021 legislative session during the COVID-19 pandemic. (added 12/24/2020) 
California Lawmakers gather for organizational sessions with the Senate meeting in the Capitol and virtually and the Assembly met in the Golden 1 Center, home of NBA’s Sacramento Kings. (added 12/15/2020) 
Colorado The Legislature passed bills on COVID-19 relief  and then adjourned until mid-February when it may be safer to meet in the statehouse. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The General Assembly will delay most of the 2021 session until at least February because of the coronavirus. (added 12/24/2020) 
  Colorado lawmakers to return for special session on COVID-19 relief. (added 12/15/2020)
Connecticut The Connecticut General Assembly kicked off its 2021 legislative session with remote proceedings and chilly outdoor ceremonies. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Legislative leaders consider an outdoor swearing-in ceremony and may hold the first part of the 2021 session virtually. (added 12/24/2020) 
Delaware The 2021 Legislative Session started on Jan. 12 and meetings will be virtual for the first three weeks. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The General Assembly will continue to meet virtually when the 2021 legislative session begins on Jan. 12. (added 1/8/2021) 
  The Legislature will hold the first month of the 2021 session virtually. (added 12/24/2020) 
Florida The Legislature has decided that any lawmaker in physical attendance at the Legislature must follow safety measures to prevent further outbreaks of COVID-19. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The Legislature sets safety protocols for committee meetings. (added 12/24/2020) 
  Legislators met for the first time in eight months on Tuesday November 17 to swear in newly elected lawmakers, with 9 lawmakers sitting this session out because they had tested positive for COVID-19 or had been exposed to it. (added 12/15/2020)
Hawaii The 2021 Legislative Session will begin on January 20th, and committees are already starting to meet virtually, which was aided by recent upgrades to the legislature’s information technology system. (added 1/8/2021) 
Idaho House Speaker says that session will begin on schedule, unless two-thirds vote to change the rules and wait until a vaccine is widely available. (added 12/24/2020) 
  104 Idaho lawmakers gather in person despite the pandemic. (added 12/15/2020)
  Governor says that legislators should consider delaying the start of the legislative session. (added 12/15/2020)
Indiana The Indiana General Assembly canceled sessions and temporarily closed the statehouse. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Due to coronavirus precautions, the House of Representatives will move their meetings from the Statehouse to larger rooms in a state office building for their 2021 legislative session. (added 1/8/2021) 
  Lawmakers return to the Statehouse for organizational session. (added 12/15/2020)
Iowa Iowa lawmakers open session with social distancing but no mask requirements. (added 1/26/2021) 
Kansas The 2021 legislative session began on Jan. 5; while much business will be conducted virtually, some will take place in the State Capitol with COVID-19 protocols in place. (added 1/8/2021) 
  Workers at the State Capitol are implementing technology upgrades to ensure people’s safety during the legislative session. (added 12/24/2020) 
Kentucky Leaders introduced their priority bills (including legislative oversight) on Jan. 5 before they break until February. (added 1/8/2021) 
  The Legislature convened their 2021 session in person on Jan. 5 with safeguards in place to combat the coronavirus. (added 1/8/2021) 
  House GOP Caucus members met Friday, November 20 to discuss their priorities in the next legislative session. (added 12/15/2020) 
Maryland The 2021 Legislative Session started without the usual pomp and circumstance. (added 1/26/2021) 
Massachusetts The Legislature started the 2021 session on Jan. 6, just hours after finishing the 2020 session. (added 1/8/2021) 
Maine The state’s acting chief justice swore lawmakers into office on Wednesday Dec. 2 in a historic offsite session at the Augusta Civic Center. (added 12/15/2020)
  Lawmakers still deciding how to have public participation during the next legislative session as the pandemic continues. (added 12/15/2020)
  House cancels voting session  on Wednesday and Thursday, after possible exposure to COVID-19. (added 12/15/2020)
Minnesota The 2021 legislative session starts on Jan. 12 with many members working remotely. (added 1/8/2021) 
  Gov. Tim Walz said he plans to call a special legislative session to pass a relief package to help small businesses cope with the impacts of his moves last week to tighten restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (added 12/15/2020)
Mississippi Lt. Governor proposes postponing the Mississippi 2021 session because of increasing COVID-19 cases. (added 1/8/2021) 
Missouri Missouri Rep. Kimberly-Ann Collins tests positive for COVID-19 and the House halts work. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Even with COVID-19 precautions in place, the Legislature’s day-to-day operations will remain much the same. (added 1/8/2021) 
Montana Montana legislative session convenes in a hybrid format, with some lawmakers participating in-person and others remotely. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The 2021 Legislative Session started on Jan. 4 with a handful of lawmakers working remotely and amid protests outside the Capitol. (added 1/8/2021) 
  Lawmakers are planning to hold the 2021 legislative session in a hybrid format, allowing for both remote and in-person participation. (added 12/24/2020) 
  As leaders of the 2021 Montana Legislature are chosen, their first task may be one of their toughest: Figuring how to run a session in the midst of a pandemic. (added 12/15/2020)
  How precautions meant to minimize the spread of COVID-19 will, or won’t, be followed by a significant number of lawmakers in the coming months. (added 12/15/2020)
  Legislators struggle with how to safely hold the upcoming legislative session. (added 12/15/2020)
Nebraska The Legislature began their 2021 session on Jan. 6 with scaled back committee hearings to prevent spread of the coronavirus. (added 1/8/2021) 
New Hampshire The House of Representatives tested out “drive-in democracy” when they convened on Jan. 6 in a parking lot. (added 1/8/2021) 
  The House of Representatives tentatively plans to hold a January drive-in meeting at the University of New Hampshire after the chamber’s speaker died of COVID-19. (added 12/24/2020) 
  Democrats in the House of Representatives propose ideas for meeting virtually for the upcoming session in January. (added 12/24/2020) 
  As the New Hampshire House prepares a transition in control, one major logistical question looms: where do 400 lawmakers meet during a pandemic? (added 12/15/2020)
  New Hampshire lawmakers to bundle up for outdoor session. (added 12/15/2020)
New Jersey The House and Senate will cease holding in-person committee meetings after Thanksgiving. (added 12/15/2020)
New Mexico The New Mexico Legislature considers how to have public input during their virtual legislative session. (added 12/24/2020) 
  The Legislature considers a “hybrid” mode for the next regular session, with committee hearings taking place online and some in-person deliberations. (added 12/24/2020) 
  Legislators prepare for a one-day special session. (added 12/15/2020)
North Carolina North Carolina Legislature opened session on Jan. 13. (added 1/26/2021) 
North Dakota The state’s 67th legislative session began with some lawmakers gathering in-person with masks and others participating remotely. (added 1/8/2021) 
  Legislative leaders develop plans to make North Dakota’s legislative session safer during the pandemic and easier for the public to participate. (added 1/8/2021) 
  The Speaker of the House will prioritize updating the governor’s emergency powers in the 2021 legislative session. (added 1/8/2021) 
Ohio New Senate President lists creating a legislative oversight panel among his priorities for the 2021 session. (added 1/8/2021) 
Oregon Oregon legislators return for their third special session during the pandemic. (added 12/24/2020) 
South Carolina South Carolina Legislature took a few days off in response to COVID-19 and security concerns. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The General Assembly rolls out plans to safely meet on Jan. 12. (added 12/24/2020) 
South Dakota The Legislature’s leaders agree that lawmakers will wear masks during the 2021 session. (added 12/24/2020) 
  Logistics of the 2021 Session are still a work in progress. (added 12/15/2020)
Texas Texas lawmakers return to the Capitol amid a heavy police presence following FBI warnings of armed protests around the nation. (added 1/26/2021)
  House adopts rules for how to combat COVID-19 during their 140-day biennial session, including requiring masks. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Texans with disabilities raise concerns about how COVID-19 restrictions will affect their ability to participate in the upcoming 2021 legislative session. (added 1/8/2021) 
  Lt. Governor outlined the protocols for the Texas Senate’s Jan. 12 opening day, including required COVID-19 tests and social distancing. (added 1/8/2021) 
  The Legislature considers how best to hold the upcoming 2021 session while juggling competing interests: the health of legislators, legislative staffers and the public, and the need for an open, transparent session. (added 12/24/2020) 
  The House Administration Committee chair reminds all House members of the health and safety measures in place for the first day of the 2021 legislative session. (added 12/24/2020) 
  Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told members of the Texas Senate this week that people wishing to testify on legislation before a committee may need to register days beforehand and take a coronavirus test ahead of the hearing. (added 12/15/2020)
Utah The Legislature issued new COVID-19 guidelines for the 2021 legislative session. (added 12/24/2020) 
USVI The Legislature will have their swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 11, which begins the 34th Legislative Session. (added 1/8/2021) 
Vermont The House of Representatives will meet remotely when the session opens on Jan. 6, 2021. (added 12/24/2020) 
Virginia House and Senate have made different decisions for how to hold the upcoming legislative session: The House will meet virtually and the Senate will meet in person at the Science Museum. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The General Assembly discusses how to proceed with the 2021 legislative session during the ongoing pandemic. (added 12/24/2020) 
Washington Washington Legislature will meet in person to set rules that will allow them to meet virtually for the rest of the session. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The Senate changed their rules to allow for more remote testimony and work by lawmakers. (added 1/26/2021)
  The House of Representatives plans to hold virtual sessions starting in January. (added 12/24/2020) 
  How the 2021 session will function logistically is not yet entirely clear. Leadership from the two chambers have been talking about the subject for months, thinking through social distancing, technology, and transparency. (added 12/15/2020)
Wisconsin Lawmakers focus on a large, bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill introduced on Jan. 7, which also contains provisions related to legislative oversight of federal funds. (added 1/8/2021) 
Wyoming The Legislature may delay the working days of the 2021 general session due to COVID-19. (added 12/24/2020) 
  The Legislature will hold two swearing in ceremonies for new lawmakers. (added 12/15/2020)
Multiple States Here’s how state legislatures are returning to work. (added 12/15/2020)
  As the pandemic continues on, many state legislatures debate on how to meet safely. (added 12/15/2020)

Legislature Monitoring

Alaska The Alaska Legislature approved new rules on Dec. 28 to combat COVID-19, which includes requiring masks. (added 1/8/2021) 
  Alaska lawmakers struggle to relocate to Juneau for the 2021 legislative session. (added 12/24/2020)
Arkansas Second Arkansas lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus since session’s start. (added 1/26/2021) 
Arizona The Senate approved temporary measures to combat the coronavirus; like requiring a mask on the Senate floor and remote voting. (added 1/26/2021) 


On first day of special legislative session, Colorado lawmakers contend with COVID-19 exposure scare. (added 12/15/2020)
Georgia Lawmakers widely disregard orders to get tested for COVID-19 as one of the top Senate Republicans tests positive for the virus. (added 1/26/2021) 
Indiana Lawmakers seeking to increase the part-time Legislature’s authority while limiting the governor’s regarding emergency declarations. (added 1/26/2021)
  Senators warned of possible COVID-19 exposure. (added 1/26/2021) 
  House Speaker tests positive and is quarantining at home. (added 12/15/2020)
Iowa House Republicans reject Democrats' call for more Capitol COVID-19 precautions. (added 1/26/2021) 
  2021 legislative session enters second week amid COVID concerns at Iowa Statehouse. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Legislative leaders are considering several steps to limit COVID-19 risk during what is scheduled to be a 110-day session, but none as sweeping as what other states are planning. (added 12/15/2020)
Kentucky General Assembly making most of 30-day legislative session. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Rep. Thomas Huff recovers from COVID-19 after spending time in ICU. (added 1/8/2021) 
Maryland Longtime Maryland state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller dies. (added 1/26/2021) 
Michigan State Rep. John Chirkun had tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming at least the 10th member of the Legislature to be infected since the pandemic started. (added 12/15/2020)
Minnesota Jerry Relph, a first-term state senator, died on Dec. 18 due to COVID-19 complications. (added 12/24/2020) 
  Some Republican lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19 and DFLers weren’t told before session. (12/15/2020)
  Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said state lawmakers and Capitol staff should be vaccinated after older Minnesotans and front-line workers get their doses but doing so would allow for a quicker return to in-person legislative work in 2021. (added 12/15/2020)
Missouri Lawmakers are postponing work on coronavirus aid funding after numerous legislators have been sickened by the virus. (added 12/15/2020)
Montana Governor Gianforte returning to Capitol after negative COVID tests, possible exposure. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Legislative leaders are recommending face masks for those who are going to be in person at Capitol because remote participation in the session is allowed. (added 1/26/2021) 
  A 2nd lawmaker tested positive for COVID-19 but hasn’t been to the Capitol this session. (added 1/26/2021) 
New Hampshire House Speaker Sherman Packard says drive-in House session not happening again. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Newly elected Speaker of the House dies of COVID-19. (added 12/15/2020)
  An unspecified number of New Hampshire House Republicans have tested positive for COVID-19. (added 12/15/2020)
  Legislators and legislative staff members test positive for coronavirus. (added 12/15/2020)
North Carolina Two North Carolina lawmakers test positive for coronavirus after spending time with other legislators. (added 1/26/2021) 
North Dakota Legislature to require masks at Capitol. (added 12/15/2020)
Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman tests positive for COVID-19. (added 1/8/2021) 
Pennsylvania Three legislators test positive for COVID-19 and has the Capitol rethinking their swearing-in ceremony. (added 12/15/2020)
  A state lawmaker has filed a formal complaint against the Pennsylvania House alleging unsafe working conditions, citing potential exposure risks after another member tested positive for the coronavirus. (added 12/15/2020)
South Carolina South Carolina Legislature is planning to meet in person for 18 weeks with protocols in place to keep people safe.  
South Dakota Senate President Pro-Tem Lee Schoenbeck tests positive for COVID-19. (added 1/21/2021)
  Legislature’s leaders agree: They expect lawmakers will wear masks for 2021 session. (added 12/15/2020)
  Legislator tests positive for coronavirus after visiting with the Governor. (added 12/15/2020)
Texas Lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19. (added 1/26/2021) 
  2 Representatives skipped opening day festivities. (added 1/26/2021) 
Utah Utah Legislature bans public from start of session due to fears of violence. (added 1/26/2021) 
Virginia State Senator Ben Chafin dies after contracting COVID-19. (added 1/8/2021) 
Multiple States High-ranking member of the House of Representatives in New Hampshire tests positive for COVID-19 and updates on how other states are dealing with the ongoing pandemic. (added 12/24/2020
  How can a virtual legislature be a real legislature? (added 12/24/2020) 

Limiting Access to Capitol or Temporary Closure

Arizona Arizona Legislature shuts down after possibly exposure to COVID-19. (added 12/15/2020)
Connecticut The General Assembly began their 2021 session on Jan. 6 outside the state Capitol, which is still closed to the public. (added 1/8/2021) 
Florida The Legislature has granted limited access to lawmakers, staff, media, expert witnesses for upcoming in-person committee hearings, and all those inside the Capitol building are expected to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. (added 1/8/2021) 
Kansas Governor restricted access to the Statehouse from Jan. 14 to Jan. 22 due to safety concerns. (added 1/26/2021) 
Michigan Legislative offices are closed on Monday, Dec. 14 during the meeting of the Electoral College due to security concerns. (added 12/24/2020) 
Missouri Lawmakers returned to the capitol for the start of the 2021 legislative session on Jan. 6. (added 1/8/2021) 
Minnesota Public access to the Capitol will remain limited due to safety and security concerns. (added 12/24/2020) 
New Hampshire Republican Lawmakers weigh reopening New Hampshire State House for business including in-person public hearings. (added 12/15/2020)
New Mexico The 60-day legislative session will begin on Jan. 19; many lawmakers will meet remotely and the Capitol will remain closed to the public. (added 1/8/2021) 
  At a planning meeting on Nov. 16, leaders of Democratic majorities in the House and Senate said members want to convene inside the Statehouse even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies and members of a legislative committee were warned of possible exposure to COVID-19 from an individual who tested positive after attending a hearing in the Statehouse. (added 12/15/2020)
New York The Capitol remains closed to the public due to COVID-19. (added 12/24/2020) 
Oregon Lawmakers returned to the capitol on Jan. 18 ahead of the Jan. 19 official start to session and the decision was made to keep the building closed to the public. (added 1/26/2021) 
Texas Texas House leader says Capitol occupancy may be limited in upcoming legislative session. (added 12/15/2020)
Utah Legislative session gets underway without the public; Capitol could reopen by Friday. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Public participation in Utah legislative proceedings moved online due to protests. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The State Capitol will be open to the public for the 2021 Legislative Session; masks and social distancing are required. (added 1/8/2021) 
  The Capitol building will be open to the public for the 2021 session with restrictions. (added 12/24/2020) 
Washington The Capitol building will remain closed through the 105-day session and lawmakers will be working remotely. (added 1/26/2021) 

Remote Participation

Alaska Proposal would allow lawmakers to vote remotely this session. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Legislature pays for remote-voting system prior to COVID-19 impacted legislative session. (added 1/26/2021) 
Connecticut Connecticut legislators expect virtual start to 2021 session, with hope for some normalcy in second half. (added 12/15/2020)
Idaho House dismisses remote participation amid virus concerns. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Two Democratic lawmakers sue the House Speaker because there isn’t an option to participate remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. (added 1/26/2021) 
Illinois The lame-duck session took place the weekend of Jan. 8 at the Bank of Springfield Center. (added 1/26/2021) 
New Hampshire House to hold “hybrid” public hearings on bills. (added 1/26/2021) 
New Mexico The Senate sets rules for a more virtual session. (added 1/26/2021) 
Oklahoma Lawmakers meet virtually to prepare for the upcoming legislative session. (added 12/15/2020)
Texas Masks required; remote voting allowed as Texas House adopts rules for COVID-19 legislative session. (added 1/26/2021) 
Vermont Activities in the upcoming 2021 legislative session will nearly all be remote. (1/8/2021)
  The 2021 legislative session started online, and legislators were able to participate in a practice session to work out the kinks of remote legislating. (added 1/8/2021) 
  The rise of Covid-19 cases in Vermont is making it less likely that House and Senate members will meet in person at the Statehouse in January. (added 12/15/2020)
Virginia Virginia House of Delegates to meet online in 2021 as coronavirus cases rise. (added 12/15/2020)
Washington Legislature to operate virtually after partisan debate on first day of session. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Online tools provided by the state may increase participation to legislative session. (added 1/26/2021) 
Wisconsin With COVID and Capitol threats, legislators seek remote hearings. (added 1/26/2021) 
Wyoming Wyoming Legislature held three days of virtual standing committee meetings beginning Tuesday, January 19. (added 1/26/2021) 
  Wyoming Legislature’s standing committees are scheduled to meet virtually. (added 1/26/2021) 
  The Legislature convened for a one-day virtual meeting on Jan 12. (added 1/26/2021) 

Archived Articles

Alabama Alabama governor considers calling a special session to address COVID-19. (10/26/2020) 

Special session unlikely for legislature amid pandemic. (8/26/2020)

  Lawmakers to meet Monday for the final day of the session to determine use of federal CARES Act funds. (5/18/2020)
  Session resumed Monday with protective measures in place. Budget and federal stimulus spending under consideration, among other measures. (5/5/2020)
  House Democrats plan to not participate in the session, to resume Monday, amid the pandemic. (5/4/2020)
  Some lawmakers consider not attending session Monday, concerned about spreading COVID-19. (5/1/2020)
  Session set to resume Monday, while some lawmakers want to wait until the summer. (added 4/29/2020)
  Session will not resume until at least May 4. (added 4/23/2020) 
  Session suspended until April 28. (add 4/1/2020)
  Senate will convene for pro forma session on Tuesday, likely to be out for at least another month. House adjourned indefinitely on Thursday. (added 3/31/2020) 
  The Legislature set to resume session on 3/31, but some legislators express concern about being able to pass a budget in the midst of a pandemic. (added 3/26/2020)
Alaska Alaska will keep the Capitol closed to the public and require legislators, staff and reporters to wear masks in the Capitol and to be screened for COVID-19 before entering. (added 11/15/2020) 
  Legislature reconvened Monday with new protective measures in place, adjourned Tuesday after passing COVID-19 relief package. (5/19/2020)
  Legislature to reconvene within the next two weeks to allocate federal pandemic relief funds. (added 4/21/2020) 
  Legislature now in recess, approves 2021 budget and emergency relief package, including a $1,000 dividend for residents. (added 3/31/2020) 
  Only legislators, their staffers, legislative employees, and credentialed media are now allowed inside of the capitol building in Juneau. Leaders from the House Majority are trying to take what they call another precautionary measure as a response to the virus - a change to the legislatures uniform rule #23, which would allow committees to meet within one day of public notice. (added 3/20/2020)
  A new contingency plan revealed Monday by the Alaska Legislature calls for state lawmakers to adjourn the ongoing regular session if at least five of 60 lawmakers get COVID-19. No members of the public are permitted in the Capitol under new rules. (added 3/17/2020)
Arizona Legislator tests positive for COVID-19. (7/7/2020)
  Session ended Friday. (6/8/2020)
  Session ended Tuesday with some issues unresolved. (5/27/2020)
  Plan to meet Friday cancelled. (5/1/2020)
  Legislature reconsidering plan to adjourn the session for the year on May 1 and use a special session if necessary to revamp the budget; legislators consider resuming the session. (added 4/23/2020)
  Legislative leaders to officially end the session on May 1, already recessed out of COVID-19 concerns. (added 4/22/2020)
  The Arizona Legislature informed members and staff that it will extend its recess and assess the Coronavirus situation again at the end of the month. (added 4/9/2020)
  The Senate and House adjourned for at least three weeks, after debating and passing an emergency budget package on March 23. At least 18 House members voted remotely under the chamber’s news rule. The Senate passed a rule change allowing remote voting on March 23, “in case it is needed,” according to the Senate President. (added 3/23/2020)
  The Arizona House enacted a remote-voting plan over protests from the minority. The rules changes permit the Speaker to use technology to monitor floor action from a remote location and record legislator votes in real time. The system may be able to accommodate only six lawmakers at a time —perhaps as many as eight — meaning the Speaker would determine who is granted remote voting privileges. (added 3/20/2020)
  Arizona lawmakers consider adjourning session as coronavirus concerns grow. (added 3/17/2020)
  House and Senate leaders are considering either a temporary shutdown or passing a basic “baseline” budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and adjourning until later in the year (added March 16, 2020).
  Democratic lawmakers want Governor Doug Ducey (R) to order a special legislative session to address coronavirus in Arizona (added March 12, 2020).
  State lawmakers come up with a plan to adopt what might be called a no-frills budget for the coming year and then go home, at least temporarily. (added 3/20/2020)
Arkansas An Arkansas House committee authorizes the purchase of glass partitions and use of remote voting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (9/21/2020) 
  Capitol complex will undergo a series of renovations to accommodate social distancing and incorporate new technology. (9/21/2020)
  State senator hospitalized with COVID-19. (7/24/2020)
  Compromise executive orders between legislative leaders and governor eliminate need for special session. (6/16/2020)
  House and Senate plan to reconvene April 27. (added 4/16/2020)
  The Legislature's sixth-ever fiscal session started Wednesday, despite the coronavirus pandemic, where the House of Representatives met in the Jack Stephens Centers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. (added 4/9/2020)
  Legislative leaders said they will convene as planned Wednesday for this year's session focused on the budget but aim to end their work by April 18. This comes after two, now three, lawmakers test positive for coronavirus. (added 4/7/2020)
  A first and second representative test positive for COVID-19. (add 4/2/2020)
  State Representative tests positive for COVID-19, days after the legislature met for a special session. (add 4/1/2020)
  Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces special session to run March 26-28 to make budget adjustments. (added 3/26/2020)
California Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, who recently voted in person with her newborn, stresses the importance of workplace flexibility for all Americans in light of COVID-19. (9/21/2020) 
  Remote voting used by California senators for the first time. (9/8/2020) 
  Senator Brian Jones tests positive for COVID-19, prompting the Senate to cancel its Aug. 26 session. (9/8/2020)
  Ten Republican California senators quarantined for COVID-19. (9/8/2020) 
  California Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks brings newborn to Assembly floor when denied proxy vote. (9/8/2020) 
  Lawmakers at high risk for Coronavirus allowed to vote remotely. (8/11/2020)
  California Senate allows remote voting under certain circumstances. (8/11/2020)
  State operates as a part time legislature now due to pandemic. (7/22/2020)
  Six Assembly members have tested positive for COVID-19. (7/7/2020)
  Assembly delays session indefinitely amid outbreak. (7/6/2020)
  Work resumes at capitol after aide tested positive for COVID-19. (6/24/2020)
  Capitol building remains closed to the public, with limited access for committee hearings. (6/16/2020)
  Legislature considers constitutional amendment ballot measure to allow remote proceedings & voting during state of emergency, with some concerned about possible transparency issues. (6/1/2020)
  Assembly proposes ballot measure to permit remote attendance and voting procedures during declared states of emergency. (5/27/2020)
  Pay cuts for state employees, lawmakers possible under COVID-19 related budget shortfalls. (5/22/2020)
  Legislators consider pandemic relief proposals. (5/12/2020)
  Session resumes Monday to consider coronavirus legislation. (5/4/2020)
  The Assembly reconvenes on May 4; the Senate on May 11; the chambers reached different decisions on remote voting. (added 4/30/2020)
  Legislators debate temporarily allowing remote voting on bills and discuss how to accommodate lobbyists, others testifying in committee hearings. (added 4/28/2020) 
  Assembly leaders considering tests for COVID-19 for all members and essential staff before May 4, when legislature is set to reconvene. (added 4/27/2020) 
  Senate website crashed during special subcommittee hearing due to the high number of visitors. (added 4/20/2020) 
  Legislature’s first mostly virtual hearing on COVID-19 relief efforts experienced technical issues. (added 4/17/2020)
  COVID-19 spending oversight hearings scheduled Thursday. Public comments allowed, but leaders encourage submissions in writing or over the phone. (added 4/16/2020)
  Senate creates a subcommittee on COVID-19 response, to hold a hearing next week. (added 4/14/2020)
  California state Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins issued a joint statement saying the Legislature will hold hearings about the administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The two leaders set May 4 as a prospective return date for the full Legislature, but that could be pushed back. (added 4/14/2020)
  The California Legislature is experimenting with remote governance while session is suspended. Lawmakers will not return to work at the Capitol until at least May 4 (or later if the state of emergency persists). The one deadline they can’t miss is June 15th which is when, constitutionally, they must pass a budget. (added 4/7/2020)
  The Senate President discusses legislative priorities and remote voting in light of social distancing and budget requirements. (added 3/26/2020)
  The Legislature then suspended its work until April 13, after approving up to $1 billion in new spending on Monday to combat the coronavirus outbreak. It is believed to be the first unexpected work stoppage in the California Legislature in 158 years. (added 3/17/2020)
  Assembly members met Monday to discuss the possibility of moving up and extending their annual spring recess in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak (added March 16, 2020).
  Leaders of the California Legislature said Tuesday they have no plans to impose coronavirus-related restrictions on the work schedules of lawmakers or the operations of the Capitol, though they said they are closely watching events across the state (added March 12, 2020).
Colorado Senator invites public to participate virtually in session proceedings. (6/8/2020)
  Both chambers pass rules changes to allow remote participation and voting. (5/29/2020)
  Lawmakers consider what to expect as legislators return to the Capitol on Tuesday. (5/27/2020)
  Lawmakers not required but encouraged to use masks for upcoming session, to meet next week. (5/20/2020)
  Social distancing measures under consideration for when the legislature reconvenes, currently planned for May 26. (5/18/2020)
  Budget forecasts expected Tuesday as legislature weighs potential cuts. (5/12/2020)
  Adjournment extended to May 26. (5/11/2020)
  Lawmakers may return to the Capitol as early as May, depending on expert advice and if the state stay-at-home order remains effective. The General Assembly must pass a budget by June 30. Remote voting is one option being discussed. Legislators will meet April 8 to discuss and the public will be able to listen in. (added 4/7/2020)
  The General Assembly may resume session this spring, even if the state of emergency continues.  The General Assembly is examining the possibility of remote voting. Members may use protective equipment to pass the budget. (add 4/3/2020)
  State Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the legislature may extend its lawmaking term after the pandemic, allowing the legislature to resume the session later this year. (add 4/2/2020)
  State Representative serves as an ER nurse to help address the anticipated need for health care workers. (add 4/1/2020)
  Debate ongoing between Senate and House Democrats on the need to return to the Capitol.  (added 3/31/2020)
  Both chambers meet to postpone session. Waiting to hear back from the State Supreme Court on if the state’s constitution requires 120 consecutive days of session during the state of emergency. (added 3/31/2020)
  The legislature expected to return next week to vote to extend its postponed session. Colorado’s constitution requires the legislature to conclude 120 days after convening. The Supreme Court is weighing in on if this applies consecutively, as the emergency suspension may otherwise threaten the legislature’s ability to pass a budget. While the legislature awaits this decision, other discussions about how to move forward continue. (added 3/26/2020)
  A state senator tests positive for COVID-19. (added 3/23/2020)
  Lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus. (added 3/20/2020)
  The Capitol is closed, the legislative session is in limbo, but legislators are still working on legislation to address the new coronavirus outbreak and how they pass a state budget. There is also pending legal guidance from the Colorado Supreme Court and whether the 120-day session can extend past the scheduled May 6 adjournment date. (added 3/20/2020)
  The General Assembly has pending legislation that would allow public officials to conduct some business over email – but still in question is if it would violate the state’s open meetings law (added March 16, 2020).
  The Colorado legislature has officially suspended its work for at least two weeks, amid the growing coronavirus pandemic. In a historic first for the state, the House and Senate approved the temporary halt to their work on a voice vote (added March 16, 2020).
  General Assembly released a plan of action, including steps to pause session (added March 14, 2020).
Connecticut Connecticut legislators will hold virtual meetings for the 2021 session. (added 11/15/2020) 
  Connecticut lawmakers met in special session to decide whether to allow early processing of absentee ballots. (10/6/2020)
  Connecticut Senate Republicans raise concerns that very few final drafts of bills have been shared in advance of the special session. (10/6/2020)
  Senate Minority Leader Leonard Fasano urges Connecticut’s Democratic leaders to reopen the Capitol in order to increase transparency of committee proceedings. (9/21/2020)
  Legislature convenes this week. (7/21/2020) 
  Assembly to return for special session to consider limited scope of bills. (7/14/2020)
  Special session meetings conducted virtually via Zoom. (7/6/2020)
  Organizations call on Assembly to hold virtual public hearings. (6/29/2020)
  Special session likely to be after 4th of July and may include remote voting. (6/23/2020)
  2020 session formally ended Wednesday. (5/7/2020)
  Assembly will not meet again before it’s May 6 constitutional adjournment. (added 4/22/2020) 
  Democratic and Republican legislative leaders will continue to postpone committee meetings and public hearings until April 23. The Legislative Office Building, State Capitol, and the Old State House will remain closed during that time. (added 4/9/2020)
  Legislative leaders are working with the governor on an economic stimulus package,  likely to be implemented via emergency-power executive order instead of during legislative session to practice social distancing. One House member has tested positive for COVID-19. (added 3/23/2020)
  Republican and Democratic leaders release joint statement announcing suspension of all legislative activities until mid-April. (added 3/26/2020)
  Capitol Closed, Legislative Business Suspended Until March 30 (added March 14, 2020).
  Capitol complex will be closed to all non-legislative events, tours and meetings March 12-15 for cleaning (added March 12, 2020)
  Legislators canceled all public hearings scheduled for next week and revised their rules to allow committee votes by telephone (added March 12, 2020).
District of Columbia U.S. Capitol suspends public tours until end of March. Read more (added March 12, 2020).
Delaware Unique session limited lawmakers’ ability to consider non-pandemic-related legislation. (6/30/2020)
  Senate met virtually Tuesday. (6/18/2020)
  Lawmakers tackle budget first in partially virtual meeting. (6/4/2020)
  House holds first virtual session in state history. (5/27/2020)
  Lawmakers to reconvene virtually on May 26-27. (5/14/2020)
  Delaware legislators will postpone their work until at least March 24. Legislative Hall will be closed to the public starting Friday. Governor Carney declares state of emergency (added March 12, 2020).
Florida Legislator diagnosed with COVID-19. (7/24/2020)
  Governor uses veto authority to cut budget with some legislators saying it’s too much legislative authority ceded to the executive. (6/26/2020) 
  Lawmaker to self-isolate after visiting local nursing home and site of several positive COVID-19 cases. (5/27/2020)
  Legislators consider special session to address budget and unemployment benefits issues related to the pandemic. (added 4/28/2020) 
  A legislator tests positive for coronavirus. (added 3/20/2020)
  Lawmakers adjourn sine die after approving a budget. (added 3/20/2020)
  The Legislature is not planning to hold remote votes on the upcoming budget on Thursday. While the state’s constitution does not allow for remote voting, leaders say there is now reason to explore changing laws to allow it in the future (added March 16, 2020).
  Five Florida House members and a member of the House staff were briefly self-isolated Monday after attending a recent Washington, D.C., event where an attendee tested positive for coronavirus. There was a temporary delay while those member’s seats were cleaned on the House floor (added March 12, 2020)
Georgia Session resumed on Monday. (6/24/2020)
  Session to resume June 15 to address budget. (6/8/2020)
  Session to resume June 11 according to House leader. (5/4/2020)
  State leaders debate when to resume session, with the House hoping for a June 11, the Senate and Lt. Governor pushing to start mid-May. (5/1/2020)
  Legislature set to resume session May 18. (added 4/28/2020)
  Lawmakers considering return to session on June 11. (added 4/23/2020)
  House creates committee to examine when to resume the 2020 session. (added 4/20/2020) 
  Four senators test positive for COVID-19. (added 3/23/2020)
  Legislative leaders urged the entire Georgia Legislature, both members and staff, to self-quarantine through the end of March after a senator who participated in a vote on Monday tested positive for the coronavirus. (added 3/20/2020)
  The General Assembly will suspend the legislative session indefinitely after March 13 (added March 12, 2020).
  “Out of an abundance of caution ... the floor of the House will be limited to members, authorized staff and the media subject to the House rules.” (added March 12, 2020).
Guam The Legislature postponed an emergency session on unemployment benefits indefinitely due to COVID-19 outbreak. The Speaker expressed interest in a possible virtual session. (added 3/23/2020)
Hawaii Lawmakers reconvened Monday to allocate federal relief funds. (6/23/2020)
  Session to resume June 22 through July 10. (6/10/2020)
  Session resumes Monday, with social distancing measures in place. (5/11/2020)
  House members and staff are working from home and member offices will be closed through the end of April. The Speaker’s office, the clerk’s office, the House majority office and House Sergeant-at-Arms will be open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with limited staff. (add 4/3/2020)
  The Senate and House are suspending the legislative session indefinitely as of March 17 (added March 16, 2020).
  Lawmakers called back for a special session due to COVID-19 pandemic. (8/26/2020)
Idaho Idaho lawmakers prepare for session, and while some areas of the Capitol fall under legislative control, others may be subject to city and county ordinances. (added 11/15/2020) 
  Lawmakers voted to introduce bills on school liability from the pandemic and voting in the upcoming presidential election amidst protestors at the Capitol. (9/8/2020) 
  Governor to call special session due to pandemic. (8/11/2020)
  Rally at statehouse calls for special session while group of legislators meet in the Capitol. (6/23/2020)
  Statehouse reporter tests positive for COVID-19. (add 4/2/2020)
  The Legislature adjourned March 20. (added 3/23/2020)
  The Legislature all but adjourned on Thursday evening, March 19, after calls throughout the week to halt session. The House is leaving open the possibility that it may need to meet to consider gubernatorial vetoes. (added 3/20/2020)
  The Idaho Legislature is contemplating a quicker adjournment than originally anticipated (added March 16, 2020).
Illinois Illinois lawmakers plan a three-day veto session in November, but whether legislators will meet virtually or in a nearby convention center with more space remains to be decided. (9/21/2020) 
  Session condensed into 4 days, attempt to deal with most urgent bills while some issues get temporarily pushed aside. (5/27/2020)
  Legislature meet using social distancing measures, as lawmakers call for bi-partisan economic reopening plan. (5/22/2020)
  Proposed social distancing rules for the legislature required for legislators to attend a meeting of the House. (5/19/2020)
  Legislature to return Wednesday, condensing two months of session work into three days. (5/19/2020)
  Assembly to convene May 20-22 with protective measures in place. (5/13/2020)
  Some members call for resuming session to vote on governor's emergency proclamation. (5/4/2020)
  Some lawmakers argue that it's time to resume the session, provide greater oversight of emergency executive actions. (added 4/30/2020)
  Bipartisan working groups created to consider legislation during the pandemic recess. (added 4/21/2020) 
  For the second consecutive week, Speaker Michael Madigan’s office has instructed state lawmakers to stay home and be prepared to come to Springfield to address urgent matters.  (added 3/20/2020)
  Both the Senate and House have canceled legislative sessions in Springfield next week (added March 12, 2020).
Indiana Indiana legislators remain unresolved on mask requirements and remote voting ahead of the 2021 session. (added 11/15/2020) 
  The Indiana House plans to hold session in government center conference rooms to allow more social distancing between the chamber’s 100 lawmakers. (9/21/2020) 
  Legislature works to legislate amid a pandemic. (7/23/2020)
  Some legislators call for special session. (7/21/2020)
  Interim meetings of study committees moving online. (7/8/2020)
  Legislature to consider allowing remote voting over the summer. (5/18/2020)
  Interim committee to evaluate remote meeting and voting over the summer. (5/14/2020)
Iowa Legislature adjourned session Sunday with non-COVID-19 related bills. (6/15/2020)
  Legislature resumed session Wednesday. (6/3/2020)
  Session to resume Wednesday with social distancing-friendly procedures in place. (6/1/2020)
  Plan to resume in-person work Wednesday, while some lawmakers express desire for a longer delay. (5/29/2020) Plan to resume in-person work Wednesday, while some lawmakers express desire for a longer delay. (5/29/2020)
  Session expected to resume June 3. (5/13/2020)
  Legislature to resume session Friday with social distancing measures in place. (5/11/2020)
  Legislature set to return May 15, tentatively. (5/5/2020)
  Suspension of legislative session to continue through May 15. (added 4/30/2020)
  Session suspended through May 15. Leaders discuss a transparent, efficient process when the legislature resumes. (added 4/29/2020)
  Statement from legislators says session’s suspension to continue through May 15, with the Legislative Council meeting virtually this week. (added 4/27/2020) 
  Lawmakers are working remotely and are scheduled to return to session on May 1. In addition to constituent work, some committees have conducted meetings via Zoom, email and telephone, to discuss budget logistics and other priorities. The Legislature can extend its session but will only be paid through May. Leaders say if session must be pushed into August, remote voting could potentially become an option, though only on a short-term basis. (added 4/9/2020)
  Session will be suspended until at least April 30. The Legislative Council may meet via teleconference in the coming week. (add 4/3/2020)
  The Capitol will be closed to the public until at least March 31. (added 3/20/2020)
  The legislative session will be suspended for at least 30 days due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (added March 16, 2020).
Kansas House passes compromise bill that would expand legislative oversight of executive emergency powers. (6/4/2020)
  Legislature convened for special session Wednesday. (6/3/2020)
  Debate among lawmakers over holding session, following protective measures. (5/19/2020)
  Lawmakers meet virtually to prepare for upcoming session to deal with pandemic fallout. (5/11/2020)
  Virtual meetings help legislators prepare for session, set to reconvene May 21. (5/12/2020)
  Legislature to reconvene May 21 for one day, likely to consider limiting emergency executive authority. (5/7/2020)
  Legislature delays return for a veto session, previously set for Monday, until at least May 6. (added 4/22/2020)
  The Legislatures’ legislative council was sued by the Governor after it revoked her executive order that limited church gatherings. (added 4/14/2020)
  The Legislature may revisit the state’s emergency powers law once the COVID-19 crisis has passed. In the meantime, the legislature passed a resolution giving it the authority to review each of the governor’s executive orders and the power to revoke many of them within days. (added 3/23/2020)
  The Legislature passed a budget and adjourned on March 19. The Legislature is scheduled to return in just over five weeks to adjust the $19.8 billion budget and take up other unfinished work on bills, but legislators acknowledged there is no guarantee the pandemic would allow them to meet. (added 3/20/2020)
Kentucky Legislative meetings not broadcast live or streamed. (6/26/2020)
  Updates to open meetings laws may be necessary to allow compliance for virtual meetings. (6/4/2020)
  Legislature will reconvene Tuesday and Wednesday for a veto session. Recently adopted rules in the House allow remote voting while rules in the Senate allow for social distancing while in the chamber. (added 4/14/2020)
  The House held floor session on March 30 operating under new temporary proxy voting rules that allowed members to text a picture of their paper ballot vote to a designated colleague in the chamber. (add 4/3/2020)
  Lawmakers alter voting procedures to limit the number of lawmakers on the House floor. Members will vote in groups of 25 and may vote by paper ballot. (add 4/1/2020)
  Kentucky’s legislative session will continue as scheduled but with new safeguards in place, including limited access to the Capitol Annex, closure of the galleries and suspending the use of pages, door keepers and floor personnel. Leaders asked members who 60 or older, who have health issues or who live with someone in these categories, to stay home for the time being. (added 3/20/2020)
  The General Assembly went back to work on March 17, after a brief break, and working on an expedited schedule to pass a budget next week. (added 3/17/2020)
  The Legislature’s Capitol complex is limited to essential personnel. The general assembly will continue to work. More committee hearings will be streamed online and the LRC will increase staffing of constituent hotlines. The use of doorkeepers, legislative pages and floor personnel will be suspended in the House and Senate chambers (added March 16, 2020). 
  General Assembly won’t meet March 13 or March 16, returning March 17 (added March 14, 2020).
  Session moves quickly to wrap the shortened session. (5/11/2020)
Louisiana Louisiana special session focuses on limiting the governor’s emergency powers and keeping the legislature involved in decision-making related to long-lasting emergencies. (10/6/2020)
  Legislators divided on wearing masks while in the capitol. (6/8/2020)
  The 2020 regular session ends with a tax, budget and insurance-related legislation. (6/2/2020)
  Regular session ends this week as lawmakers prepare for special session that begins one minute after current session adjourns. (6/1/2020)
  Public advocates largely avoiding coming to the capitol, lawmakers work on improving remote or virtual testimony options. (5/27/2020)
  Session resumed Monday with protective measures in place, with 78 of 104 members of the House in attendance. Session to end June 1, but special session possible. (5/5/2020)
  Legislature reconvenes Monday. (5/4/2020)
  Legislature to reconvene Monday with social distancing measures in place. (5/1/2020)
  Senate President recovers from COVID-19. (added 4/28/2020) 
  Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff over the Louisiana State Capitol until sunset on April 13, 2020, as an expression of respect for Rep. Reggie Bagala, who passed away from COVID-19 on Thursday. (added 4/14/2020)
  Legislature adjourns indefinitely, to be called back on a date to be determined by presiding officers in each chamber. (add 4/1/2020)
  The Capitol building is closed to the public and legislative staff will work remotely until March 31. (add 3/20/2020)
  The Legislature temporarily adjourned session until March 31 (added March 16, 2020).
  The Legislature must reconvene on March 31, but will likely only read in bills and adjourn until April 13 when Gov. John Bel Edwards’s stay-at-home order is set to lift. (added 3/23/2020)
Maine Maine legislators plan to hold upcoming sessions not in the Statehouse, but in the larger Augusta Civic Center to allow for social distancing. (added 11/15/2020)
  Maine Senate met in person for the first time since March. (9/8/2020) 
  Lawmakers debate returning to session and if it should be open-ended or narrow in scope.(7/15/2020)
  Legislators debate return to session. (7/9/2020)
  Legislative Council to require all lawmakers to wear masks during meetings. (6/18/2020)
  Legislators indicate session will resume soon to help oversee public health emergency response efforts. (6/16/2020)
  The Legislature will adjourn early (added March 16, 2020).
  The Maine Legislature will close its galleries to the public and end tours and some events amid concerns about the coronavirus, but lawmakers will continue to meet and the State House will remain open, legislative leaders announced on Thursday (added March 12, 2020).
Maryland In Maryland, legislative leaders released operational plans for the upcoming session, including limited access to the State House, daily health checks and mask requirements. (added 11/15/2020) 
  The Maryland legislature remains undecided on how to conduct session January—options include meeting in-person and socially distanced, meeting outside or using remote voting. (10/6/2020)
  Attorney General’s office told legislative leaders that General Assembly could hold virtual committee hearings without violating state’s Constitution. (8/14/2020)
  Discussions ongoing over allowing proxy voting in the legislature. (added 4/28/2020) 
  Assembly debating change to rules and procedures to allow remote meeting and voting. (added 4/23/2020) 
  Assembly will not hold special session in May. (added 4/20/2020) 
  Two Maryland lawmakers help their communities through the coronavirus outbreak by returning to the medical field.  (added 4/14/2020)
  The Legislature’s Joint COVID-19 Work Group has met via video conference call and is live-streaming its meeting on YouTube. (added 4/9/2020)
  House staffer tests positive for COVID-19, after the Assembly adjourned early last week. (added 3/23/2020)
  Maryland’s 2020 Legislative Session has ended almost three weeks early, though legislative leaders left open the possibility to come back for a special session in May. (added 3/20/2020)
  Lawmakers will adjourn nearly three weeks early on March 18, the first time it will do so since the Civil War. It will resume the last week of May for a special session (added March 16, 2020).
  In the General Assembly, all rallies and receptions will be canceled starting Friday. And beginning next week, all bill hearings will feature in-person testimony only from the bill’s sponsor. Members of the public are encouraged to submit written testimony to lawmakers instead of coming in person (added March 12, 2020).
Massachusetts Massachusetts House votes to extend legislative session through January.  (8/11/2020)
  Leaders consider extending session. (7/22/2020)
  State leaders address 2021 budget issues caused by coronavirus. (6/22/2020)
  House votes remotely for the first time. (5/11/2020)
  House Democrats and Republicans agree to rules for remote debate and voting, with virtual session to be held Wednesday. (5/6/2020)
  Contentious remote debate and vote rules under consideration. (5/5/2020)
  House working on emergency remote voting rules, Senate considers plan to resume formal sessions with social distancing measures and proxy voting options. (5/4/2020)
  Lawmakers weigh if remote voting should be allowed. (added 4/30/2020)
  Virtual session planned for Thursday. (added 4/28/2020) 
  Legislature working to make up for physical distancing requirements with technical solutions, while some of the simple in person interactions useful for efficient policymaking are proving troublesome to virtually replicate. (added 4/21/2020) 
  The state budget roundtable that will offer a first look at new predictions for state tax revenues was postponed until Tuesday, April 14 after officials failed to get the live stream technology, which would allow the public to view the meeting, working on the original date. (added 4/9/2020)
  Lawmakers say the stay-at-home advisory has not prevented them from doing their jobs amid the coronavirus crisis, despite a deserted State House. (added 4/9/2020)
  A House employee received a presumptive positive test result for COVID-19, days after Senate and House leaders decided to close the Statehouse to the public. (added 3/20/2020)
  Drawing upon its members’ expertise in public health, emergency response and medical backgrounds, the General Court is convening working groups to consider legislation in light of the Governor’s prohibition on meetings of 40 people or more (added March 16, 2020).
  House cancels public events, evaluating session options (added March 12, 2020).
Michigan Michigan Representative Scott VanSingel confirmed he is recovering from COVID-19. (added 11/15/2020) 
  Michigan Republicans cancelled recent committee meetings and session, leading some to speculate that a member might have COVID-19. (added 11/15/2020) 
  Legislature cancels sessions after Senator tests positive for COVID-19. (8/26/2020)
  Legislature cancels session after lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19. (8/11/2020)
  Legislature prepares for summer break, to return later to deal with budget issues caused by the pandemic. (6/24/2020)
  Legislature sues governor over use of emergency powers. (5/12/2020)
  Legislature holds session Friday to address COVID-19 response and oversee executive branch emergency powers. (added 4/24/2020) 
  First members of the COVID-19 committee announced. (added 4/24/2020) 
  Legislature to establish a bipartisan COVID-19 oversight committee. (added 4/23/2020) 
  Second Michigan lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19. (added 4/7/2020)
  Michigan lawmakers will convene on Tuesday, April 7, for the first time in weeks to lengthen Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency declaration amid the coronavirus pandemic but are at odds over the extension and whether the session is even necessary.  (added 4/7/2020)
  State Senator dies, COVID-19 is the suspected cause. (added 3/31/2020)
Minnesota Lawmakers discuss Monday's start to the special session. (7/13/2020)
  Senator tests positive for COVID-19. (7/10/2020)
  Governor convenes special session to address policing and coronavirus-related issues, extends emergency declaration. (6/10/2020)
  Governor allocating federal CARES Act funds, some senators unhappy. (6/5/2020)
  Special session likely to be held in June. (5/19/2020)
  Legislature considers relief legislation before May 18 adjournment, but special session expected. (5/11/2020)
  Senate employee infected with COVID-19, other staff to quarantine. (5/7/2020)
  Legislature to adjourn in two weeks, likely to take up pandemic response-related issues. (5/6/2020)
  Lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday to consider remote meeting rules for state government and COVID-19 relief measures. (added 4/14/2020)
  The Legislature, which earlier in the week recessed until mid-April, will convene Thursday to vote on COVID-19 relief bill. The Legislature has been meeting through informal working groups via conference call on policy ideas in response to COVID-19. (added 3/26/2020)
  The Legislature’s scheduled Easter/Passover recess will be extended until April 14. (added 3/23/2020)
  The Legislature recessed until April 14 after passing a COVID-19 related emergency funding measure. A House employee was found to be presumed positive for the illness just two days later. (added 3/20/2020)
  The Minnesota legislature is temporarily suspending floor sessions and committee hearings until March 26. Over the past week and half, the legislature unanimously approved emergency funding packages for the state to combat COVID-19. (added 3/17/2020)
  The Minnesota Legislature will allow for more remote working options amid the spread of the coronavirus, legislative leaders announced Sunday, March 15 (added March 16, 2020).
  The Legislature scaled back operations and is holding committee meetings and floor sessions on an on-call basis only through April 14. When they do meet they’ll only use spaces that allow six feet of distance between people (added March 16, 2020).
  House and Senate are preparing a joint resolution that would allow the legislature to recess for longer than three days if needed (added March 12, 2020).
  Legislators are required to meet in person. If 34 senators or 68 house members were absent, they would not be able to vote on emergency Coronavirus funding (added March 12, 2020).
Mississippi Legislature convenes to pass budget for Department of Marine Resources as storms approach the Gulf Coast. (9/8/2020) 
  Lawmakers returned to state Capitol for first time since the largest COVID-19 outbreak in any statehouse in the US. (8/26/2020)
  Lawmakers return to Capitol to address budget issues. (8/11/2020)
  41 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in legislature, including lawmakers with severe cases. (7/16/2020)
  Number of infected lawmakers at 26. (7/8/2020)
  Free coronavirus testing offered Tuesday at the state Capitol while legislature continues session. (6/18/2020)
  Concurrent resolution passes that will allow extended session days. (6/10/2020)
  Legislature unable to pass supermajority resolution to allow year-round session. (6/8/2020)
  Session to resume Thursday to consider pandemic relief bills. (5/5/2020)
  Legislature moves to take control of federal CARES Act funds from Governor. (5/1/2020)
  Legislative leaders weigh return to Capitol to allocate federal CARES Act funds. (added 4/30/2020)
  Legislature set to reconvene May 18. (added 4/27/2020) 
  Speaker and Lt. Gov. hope to gather additional information about the financial impact of the pandemic, plan to wait until June to pass a state budget. (add 4/3/2020)
  Mississippi lawmakers suspended the legislative session after taking up COVID-19-related legislation, including a resolution allowing lawmakers to postpone the session for several weeks. (added 3/20/2020)
  Mississippi lawmakers announced Tuesday they intend to suspend the legislative session due to the spread of the new coronavirus. (added 3/17/2020)
Missouri Four people test positive for COVID-19 as lawmakers return to work. (8/11/2020)
  COVID-19 testing to be available to legislators during special session. (7/21/2020)
  Final week of session starts Monday, likely to be "uneventful." (5/11/2020)
  State Representative organizes mobile testing center in St. Louis. (5/6/2020)
  Legislature resumes session today. (added 4/27/2020) 
  Legislature tentatively scheduled to reconvene April 27. (added 4/16/2020)
  Legislature tentatively planning to return to session on April 27. (added 4/14/2020)
  As lawmakers reconvene in Jefferson City to work on an emergency coronavirus spending measure, they are encountering enhanced protocols to protect themselves as well as the public, who is legally allowed to be in the capitol while legislative work is underway. (added 4/9/2020)
  Missouri lawmakers return to the Capitol for virus funding bill, using social distancing measures and protective equipment to pass emergency spending measures. (added 4/7/2020)
  The Legislature will reconvene April 7 and 8 to pass a supplemental budget with revised rules and protocols in place. Visitors will be screened before entering the Capitol, proceedings will be livestreamed, members will not be required in the chamber for formalities or while bill handlers are making motions, majority and minority floor leaders will implement a system for if a legislator wishes to speak, and votes could be grouped instead of a straight roll call. (add 4/3/2020)
  Legislatures in several states are using innovative methods to socially distance while holding meetings. (added 3/31/2020)
  Faced with a May 8 budget deadline, and contemplating COVID-19 emergency funding, the Legislature is contemplating ways to meet and practice social distancing. One approach under consideration would broadcast committee hearings to observers in other meeting rooms in the Capitol. (added 3/23/2020)
  The Capitol and state offices will close to all non-essential personnel on March 24. One House member has tested positive for COVID-19 and many members are self-quarantining. The House is encouraging all employees to stay out of the Capitol for at least 10 days and Senate staff are working remotely. (added 3/23/2020)
  House Speaker says “remote” floor sessions are not a possibility for the 163-member chamber. (added 3/20/2020)
  Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday urged citizens to avoid the Capitol unless they're directly participating in legislative business amid concerns about the novel coronavirus. Lawmakers closed public access to the House chamber and some other public spaces, including the House Lounge (added March 12, 2020).
  Members of the Missouri Senate have been told they don’t need to show up next week in Jefferson City (added March 12, 2020).
Montana Plans for Montana’s upcoming legislative session remain in progress with several members advocating for a hybrid approach. (added 11/15/2020) 
  Montana legislators may be able to vote remotely during the next legislative session. (9/21/2020) 
  Legislature plans for session to begin in January during pandemic. (8/26/2020)
  Impacts on legislative operations uncertain amid coronavirus for next year's session. (6/24/2020)
  Legislative council considers remote session for next year. (6/10/2020)
Nebraska Nebraska Senator Mike Groene announced that he has COVID-19, which he hopes will contribute to herd immunity. (added 11/15/2020) 
  Legislature adjourns sine die after interrupted by pandemic. (8/26/2020)
  Two legislators self-isolate in chamber balcony after possible COVID-19 exposure to participate in debate. (8/11/2020)
  Session resumes Monday, after 4 months. (7/19/2020)
  Legislators consider remote voting and meeting options for upcoming special session. (7/15/2020)
  Officials consider constitutional limits to remote meetings. (7/9/2020)
  Legislature to resume session July 20 after 4-month break. (7/2/2020)
  Session likely to resume July 20. (5/19/2020)
  Legislators work virtually until lawmakers can meet in person. (5/18/2020)
  Technology is enabling lawmakers to communicate while the legislature determines if it will reconvene this year to finish the final 17 days of the 2020 session. Some have concerns about relying too heavily on the technology due to potential transparency and security issues. (added 4/14/2020)
  The Legislature will temporarily reconvene for three days next week to authorize emergency funding to respond to COVID-19 pandemic. (added 3/23/2020)
  The Legislature suspends session as of March 17 with no announced plans to reconvene (added March 16, 2020).
  Lawmakers made adjustments within the Legislature to lessen infection risks, including not allowing visitors to sit in roped-off areas in the chamber, canceling an annual St. Patrick's Day party put on by lobbyists and advising against senators up for reelection campaigning door to door (added March 12, 2020).
Nevada State constitution creates questions over ability of legislatures to operate remotely, but staff attorney says it's constitutional. (7/18/2020)
  Person within the legislature tests positive for COVID-19. (7/10/2020)
  State Guard tests legislators for COVID-19. (7/9/2020)
  Public access during special session to be limited, with residents allowed to comment via teleconference or through written comments. (6/26/2020)
  Special session to meet early next month to deal with COVID-19 budget issues. (6/24/2020)
  Leaders hint at special session. (6/8/2020)
New Hampshire Mask mandate approved for any staff, lawmakers, or the public visiting the capitol. (7/22/2020)
  House prepares for session, socially distanced in a hockey arena. (6/10/2020)
  House and Senate to return to session early June with social distancing measures in place. (5/18/2020)
  Legislature sues to stop the governor from spending COVID-19 relief funds through an executive order. (added 4/14/2020)
  The Legislature has suspended session until May 4. Senate and House leaders say they are “actively exploring” the notion of remote participation and that the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee will meet remotely on April 10. (add 4/3/2020)
  House and Senate leaders announced they would extend the suspension of legislative activity due to COVID-19 through April 10. Last week, the Legislature had passed an emergency rule that permitted Soucy and Shurtleff to extend deadlines for legislative action due to the pandemic. (added 3/20/2020)
  The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted against a rules change to allow their members to vote remotely from home if they are suspected of having come in close contact with someone who has the coronavirus (added March 12, 2020).
New Jersey New Jersey Republicans call for special session to address reopening of the state and placing checks on the governor’s power. (10/26/2020)
  The Senate introduced a series of bills that will be voted on in the Senate’s first-ever remote voting session on Monday, April 13th. (added 4/9/2020)
  The Assembly voted remotely for the first time March 26, via conference call. (added 3/26/2020)
New Mexico New Mexico lawmakers debate whether upcoming session should be held remotely or in Santa Fe’s large convention center to allow for social distancing. (added 11/15/2020) 
  New Mexico legislators consider delaying session in the wake of the governor’s stay-at-home order. (added 11/15/2020) 
  New Mexico legislators confront technical challenges with virtual meetings. (10/6/2020)
  Republican lawmakers try to limit the governor’s emergency powers by calling for the Legislature to convene and extraordinary session in response to ongoing pandemic public health orders. (8/26/2020)
  Special session began Thursday while physically closed to the public. (6/22/2020)
  House committee debate on remote voting delayed due to technical difficulties. (6/22/2020)
  State Supreme Court rules that legislature can hold special session with virtual-only public attendance. (6/18/2020)
  Some lawmakers protest blocking public access to capitol building. (6/15/2020)
  Capitol closed to the public for next week's meeting of the legislature. COVID-19 tests to be available for legislators, staff. (6/10/2020)
  Leaders split over if virtual attendance should be permitted. (added 4/30/2020)
  Discussions of special session continue the New Mexico. The Speaker is contemplating a virtual special session. (added 4/7/2020)
  Governor anticipates special session to revise the state budget and address issues related to the state’s COVID-19 response. (added 3/31/2020)
New York Lawmakers return to session, mostly virtually. (7/21/2020)
  Legislators to reconvene July 20 to address many issues. (7/8/2020)
  Lawmakers debate when to end state of emergency and expanded executive powers. (6/8/2020)
  Legislators to spend recess working due to session interruption caused by coronavirus. (6/5/2020)
  Lawmakers may hold virtual session as soon as next week. (5/19/2020)
  Legislature to reconvene remotely next Friday. (5/22/2020)
  First virtual hearing to handle COVID-19 response for small businesses held Wednesday. (5/14/2020)
  Amid suspended session, lawmakers hold virtual meetings, consider relief measures post-quarantine. (5/4/2020)
  Some call to reconvene to vote on COVID-19 relief bills, but may try to reach consensus beforehand to minimize exposure risks. (5/12/2020)
  Tentative plans to resume session within the next two weeks. (added 4/27/2020) 
  Some legislators push to return to session to deal with the pandemic response, even if virtually. (added 4/24/2020) 
  Legislature set to reconvene Monday to finish the session based on pre-coronavirus schedule, but no plans to meet. Some legislators push for virtual meetings. (added 4/20/2020)
  Some legislators and others push for holding remote sessions amid COVID-19 outbreak. Resolutions allowing remote voting passed earlier was limited to getting the 2020-2021 budget passed. (added 4/16/2020)
  It is unclear if the New York Legislature will return to the Capitol this year after they passed the budget last week. (added 4/7/2020)
  Senate approves rule change to allow remote voting. Assembly expected to follow suit. (added 3/31/2020)
  A third Assembly member tests positive for COVID-19. (added 3/20/2020)
  The Legislature continues session to meet budget deadlines; Senate and Assembly rules do not allow for remote voting; two members diagnosed with COVID-19 though neither has been to Albany since early March (added March 16, 2020).
North Carolina Legislator recovered from COVID-19 returns to work. (8/11/2020)
  Lobbyist who met with several legislators tested positive for COVID-19. (7/1/2020)
  Lawmakers continued their session late into the evening on Thursday, which started meeting again late April. (6/25/2020) 
  Temperature checks resume following complaints over lack of social distancing measures. (6/18/2020)
  Session resumed Monday to address budget shortfalls. (5/18/2020)
  Legislative buildings to reopen to the public next week. (5/14/2020)
  Assembly convened April 28 to consider pandemic tax relief measures. (5/4/2020)
  Session resumes today to address budget issues. (added 4/30/2020)
  Assembly consensus likely over budget issues related to the COVID-19 response. (added 4/28/2020) 
  As of Monday, the public is not allowed in the Capitol. (added 4/20/2020) 
  Assembly returning to session April 28 to focus on COVID-19 relief legislation. Lawmakers expected to hold virtual committee meetings when they return but will vote in-person on the floor. (added 4/16/2020)
  A North Carolina special House committee has been meeting about the state’s COVID-19 response where all lawmakers can connect to a video teleconference meeting. Starting April 14, video of remote committee meetings will be streamed on the General Assembly website via YouTube. (added 4/14/2020)
  Legislature’s cafeteria closes after a cafeteria worker tests positive for COVID-19. (add 4/2/2020)
  The Legislature’s Select Committee on COVID-19 and Health Care Working Group will begin meeting, but members are not clear on when the first tele-meeting is to be held or how the public may access audio of the proceedings. (added 3/23/2020)
  North Carolina legislature cancels meetings, lets staffers work remotely until April 1 amid coronavirus fears (added March 12, 2020)
North Dakota North Dakota legislative candidate, David Andahl, died from the coronavirus on October 5. (10/26/2020)
  North Dakota legislators use interim to explore livestreaming committee meetings and how the likely hybrid session will work in January. (10/26/2020)
  Lawmakers in North Dakota prepare for an in-person session with options for remote participation, though they remain unresolved on how to handle public testimony. (10/26/2020)
  North Dakota legislators plan to convene face-to-face in 2021, but will provide remote options, such as online and telephone testimony. (9/21/2020) 
  North Dakota legislators approve remote voting for the next legislative session. (9/21/2020) 
  Legislative leaders prepare for 2021 session if the pandemic persists by improving remote capabilities and other protective measures. (6/29/2020)
  Legislative Council express safety concerns over reconvening session in January. (5/19/2020)
  Federal aid to be used to enable livestreaming legislative committee hearings for next year’s session. (5/18/2020)
  An interim legislative committee met this week to consider how the legislature might expand live streamed committee hearings. The committee met in the Senate chambers to practice social distancing, and four members joined the hearing by phone. (added 3/20/2020)
Ohio Guided tours suspended until March 25 (added March 12, 2020).
Oklahoma House and Senate vote to extend governor’s emergency powers during a special session. (5/7/2020)
  Capitol to reopen to the public with screening and social distancing protocols. (5/4/2020)
  During a special session held last week, legislature passed a resolution to allow for remote participation in committee meetings and floor proceedings. Bills unrelated to COVID-19 may have to wait until next year due to the emergency situation. (added 4/16/2020)
  Gov. Kevin Stitt called Oklahoma legislators into a special session at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 6th to approve his declaration of a statewide health emergency and $416 million budget gap caused by the coronavirus. This is the first time they met since March 17th. (added 4/7/2020)
  Governor declares statewide public health emergency via executive order. If approved by the legislature, the action would enhance governor’s powers to respond to the crisis.  (add 4/1/2020)
  The Legislature will meet in special session on April 6 to consider legislation related to the COVID-19 emergency. The House will follow a series of revised protocols in the chamber and in the Capitol, including taking the temperature of people coming into the building; only allowing House members onto the floor and committee proceedings individually or in small groups to vote, ask questions, debate and present legislation; requiring members to watch and listen to proceedings from their offices, allowing members who cannot enter the Capitol for certain health reasons to participate remotely; staffing proceedings with a “skeleton crew” of staff; and livestreaming proceedings to the public. (add 4/3/2020)
  Members will not return to the Capitol this week, currently working remotely to draft a budget that can accommodate possible coronavirus–related shortfalls. (added 3/31/2020)
  Legislature will not return to session this week. Legislators unsure when a budget vote will take place. (added 3/31/2020)
  House aide tests positive for COVID-19. A Senate staffer tested positive last week. (added 3/26/2020)
  The Legislature approved changes to the state’s Open Meeting Act on Tuesday to allow government bodies to meet via teleconference. The Oklahoma Senate put on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a lawmaker and a staff member tested positive for the Coronavirus. (added 3/20/2020)
  Oklahoma lawmakers made a historic decision on Monday to close the state Capitol to the public and to plan for the possibility of proxy voting of lawmakers on major legislation.  (added 3/17/2020)
  The Legislature will meet briefly on Tuesday and then depart the Capitol for an already-scheduled break. No decision has been made about week. The Capitol will only be accessible to lawmakers, their staff, essential state employees who are invited and news media (added March 12, 2020).
Oregon Lawmakers adjourn special session called for fixing budget deficit, pass restrictions on police chokeholds. (8/26/2020)
  Legislature convened second special session of 2020 on revenue shortfall due to pandemic.  (8/26/2020)
  Second day of special session to deal with policing and COVID-19 fallout met Thursday. (6/29/2020)
  Special session begins Wednesday, to consider measures including policing and pandemic related legislation. (6/24/2020)
  Personal health concerns motivate some legislators to skip special session. (6/23/2020)
  Lawmakers to return to session Wednesday. (6/22/2020)
  Next week's special session to address policing reforms and pandemic-related budget issues. (6/18/2020)
  Special session meeting June 24 to address COVID-19 and policing. (6/16/2020)
  Legislature may convene in June for special session to address budget issues related to COVID-19. (5/19/2020)
  Committee to hold virtual meeting Thursday to consider coronavirus response spending. (added 4/22/2020) 
  Joint plan to provide COVID-19 relief announced, but date of a special session to enact a relief package remains uncertain. (added 4/14/2020)
  Special session will not to be held the week of March 30. Discussions still ongoing regarding what actions may be necessary to address the pandemic. (add 4/2/2020)
  No special session will be held this week as previously intended, but leaders are discussing holding one later this year. (add 4/1/2020)
  Joint committee issues 20 recommendations for emergency coronavirus responses. Lawmakers expect to hold multiple special sessions to address the pandemic. (added 3/31/2020) 
  Special session may be held as soon as next week, possibly the first of several this year. Special joint committee was created to develop pandemic response suggestions. (added 3/26/2020)
  A special legislative committee formed to establish the groundwork for a special session dedicated to the pandemic had its first hearing Wednesday. (added 3/20/2020)
  The Legislature will convene a special session when it has an emergency response package ready for consideration. (added 3/17/2020)
Pennsylvania House passes proposed changes to emergency executive authority. (7/14/2020)
  Legislature pledges transparency, will enable the public to watch committee meetings and what happens on the floor of both chambers via live stream online, as it prepares to vote remotely on coronavirus relief. On March 24-25, both chambers held floor session where at least 114 House members and all but 10 Senate members voted remotely. (added 3/26/2020)
  The House held its first virtual committee meeting on March 23, to consider legislation to hold the state primary election to a later in the year. (added 3/23/2020)
  Lawmakers met Wednesday to approve a resolution that temporarily adjusts its rules so members can participate and vote remotely using technology.  (added 3/20/2020)
  The House convened on Monday with limited staff on hand and a plan to move as quickly as possible on legislation to allow members to return home. The Senate, which canceled its Monday session and told staffers to work from home, is scheduled to return on Tuesday (updated March 16, 2020).
  The House changed its rules to allow (but not require) members to vote from home or elsewhere without being present in the House chamber (added March 16, 2020).
  State Capitol has temporarily suspended tours (added March 14, 2020).
Rhode Island Legislators hold first all-virtual hearing due to pandemic. (8/26/2020)
  Lawmakers plan on special summer session in July. (7/5/2020)
  Senate leaders propose to allow voting via proxy during a declared state of emergency. (5/29/2020)
  Legislature begins resuming work with committee meetings, social distancing in place. (5/11/2020)
  Legislature split over push for more remote meetings. (added 3/31/2020)
  House and Senate sessions and all committee hearings for the week of March 16-20 have been cancelled (added March 14, 2020).
  Assembly passes resolution to permit continued spending for COVID-19 relief during special sessions to be held later this year. (5/13/2020)
South Carolina Senate returning over possible election law updates needed due to pandemic. (8/26/2020)
  Normal final week of the session passes by this week amid recessed legislature. (5/12/2020)
  Legislators to meet Tuesday for coronavirus response legislation. (5/11/2020)
  Session to resume May 12, expected to return for a special session. (5/1/2020)
  First virtual committee will meet May 6 via Zoom. (added 4/30/2020)
  Governor says lawmakers may be called to meet in June to finalize the 2021 state budget. (added 4/17/2020)
  The Legislature may need to meet again after failing to reach consensus on a bill that dealt with a state-owned utility. In addition to making changes to a bill that the House already approved, the Senate passed a proposal allowing a special session in September and other times as needed to address the budget, COVID-19 and other matters. Regular session ends May 14. (added 4/9/2020)
  A South Carolina lawmaker is seeking a “mandatory quarantine at home” for all state legislators following this week’s special session amid the coronavirus outbreak. (added 4/7/2020)
  Assembly will resume session Wednesday to pass emergency measures and set plans to return later this year. (add 4/2/2020)
South Dakota Former South Dakota legislator, Lance Carson, died from the coronavirus on October 14.  (10/26/2020)
  The South Dakota governor called a special session to address how to use federal relief funds, including the $1.25 billion allocated to the state in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF). (10/6/2020)
  Representatives pressure Governor to call special session on spending federal COVID-19 funding. (8/26/2020)
  Legislature held Veto Day remotely on March 30. (added 3/31/2020)
  Final day of the session on Monday; legislature will hold a quick veto session then consider financial issues relating to COVID-19. Legislature will use electronic teleconferencing for the session. (added 3/26/2020)
  The Legislature will reconvene for its final day of session on March 30. The governor has states she doesn’t plan to call a special session. (added 3/23/2020)
  Lawmakers begin special session aimed at protecting health care providers, schools and businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits. (8/26/2020)
Tennessee Ten lawmakers and staff confirmed COVID-19 cases in legislature. (8/11/2020)
  Lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19. (7/11/2020)
  Legislative staff set to return to the Capitol for work on Monday. (added 4/29/2020)
  After passing a flurry of legislation, including bills to address the COVID-19 emergency, the legislature effectively ended its session on March 20, though they could return to the Capitol on June 1. Legislative staff will be given two weeks of paid administrative leave while the Capitol is cleaned. (added 3/23/2020)
  The Legislature will focus only on budget matters before taking a recess. (added 3/20/2020)
  The Capitol is closed to the public through the end of the month. The state's legislative office building will also be shuttered to everyone except General Assembly members, staff and media (added March 16, 2020).


The Texas Senate and House are collaborating to implement consistent rules for the upcoming session, but much remains up in the air due to a retiring speaker of the house and a possible chamber flip. (10/26/2020)
  Legislature to focus on transparency on pandemic data during 2021 session. (6/10/2020)
  Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has canceled Senate committee hearings this month, citing concerns about the coronavirus (added March 12, 2020).
Utah Legislators met in person and virtually for sixth special session. (9/8/2020) 
  Legislature fixes budget shortfall during Thursday session. (6/18/2020)
  Pandemic and coronavirus legislation on the agenda for 5th special session that begins Thursday. (6/16/2020)
  Senate President tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies. (6/5/2020)
  Virtual public testimony allowed with 12 hours’ notice. (5/20/2020)
  Lawmakers work to preserve transparency of process while meeting virtually. (added 4/28/2020) 
  Joint commission to make recommendations about easing COVID-19 closures. (added 4/20/2020) 
  Fourth special session called by Governor on Tuesday, to be held April 23. (added 4/21/2020) 
  Fourth special session called by Governor, to take place Thursday. (added 4/22/2020) 
  Legislature held an all-virtual special session Thursday. Some legislators anticipate reopening the economy on May 1. (added 4/17/2020)
  First digital special session to begin Thursday, unlikely to extend beyond a two-day week but could last up to 10 days. Plan includes livestreaming meetings and providing an option for public comments to be provided digitally. (added 4/16/2020)
  First virtual meeting, which could last up to 10 days, began Thursday. Statement from the Senate President says multiple remote sessions may be held later this year. (added 4/16/2020)
  State’s first all-virtual special session to be held this week to address the coronavirus response. The session may be the first of several called to manage the effects of the public emergency. Officials work to comply with public meetings requirements. (added 4/14/2020)
  State lawmakers plan to call their own special session of the Utah Legislature next week to deal with issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. (added 4/9/2020)
  An all-House member conference call, designed to update legislators on COVID-19 and issues they might soon consider may have unintentionally violated state open meetings laws. (added 4/7/2020)
  The Utah State Legislature is expected to meet in a special session soon, where lawmakers will deal with more issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. (added 4/7/2020)
  Governor announces intent to call a special session in two or three weeks to deal with pandemic response. Legislators will have the option to participate in session virtually. (add 4/1/2020)
  A member of the Senate tested positive for COVID-19. (added 3/23/2020)
  A last-minute bill is being drafted to allow lawmakers to meet without being in the same place, the latest response by the Utah Legislature to the new coronavirus outbreak (added March 12, 2020).
  New guidelines issued by legislative leaders earlier this week ask lawmakers to refrain from face-to-face meetings with guests and to conduct business remotely using technology if possible, according to (added March 12, 2020).
  The Senate voted 28-0 to pass SJR 16 and sent it to the House for consideration. It would allow remote meetings of the legislature (added March 12, 2020).
Vermont Vermont lawmakers debate remote options for the 2021 session, but they must meet in person at least once to extend remote voting rules. (added 11/15/2020) 
  The Vermont legislature adjourned after a session both disrupted by COVID-19—lawmakers relied on remote voting for six months as they responded to the pandemic. (10/6/2020)
  Lawmakers return for special budget session, but questions loom about return to Statehouse in January. (8/26/2020)
  Caucus looks to enhance tech security after strategy info leaks. (added 4/28/2020) 
  First virtual meetings and votes of the legislature, as a whole, held last week. (added 4/16/2020)
  A group of 16 Senators — just enough for a quorum — returned to the Statehouse to unanimously approve a virtual voting measure. (added 4/9/2020)
  The Senate and House are using remote voting and the House has been conducting virtual committee meetings as well. (added 4/7/2020)
  The Vermont Senate and House adopted temporary resolutions to allow remote participation in committee and on the floor during the COVID-19 crisis. (added 3/26/2020)
  On March 25, the Senate is expected to vote on a temporary change to state open meetings law to allow local government bodies to meet virtually. (added 3/23/2020)
  Vermont Legislature to suspend session through March 24 (added March 14, 2020).
  Lawmakers are building a contingency plan should coronavirus make it to the statehouse (added March 12, 2020).
  Restricting public access to State House, canceled “non-essential” gatherings through March 31 (added March 12, 2020).
Virginia Virginia Delegate Thomas C. Wright Jr. (R) tested positive for coronavirus and, according to the House Speaker, did not official inform his fellow legislators despite meeting in special session a week earlier. (10/6/2020)
  Virginia’s special session lasts longer than the upcoming regular session and focuses on pandemic-stricken budget. (10/26/2020)
  House to conduct first ever virtual session with remote voting. (9/8/2020)
  Senator Bryce Reeves announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 during the state’s in-person special session. (9/8/2020) 
  Lawmakers return for special session on state budget in wake of pandemic, and criminal and social justice reform. (8/26/2020)
  Special session to convene on 8/18. (7/18/2020)
  Assembly called to special session to meet 8/18. (7/17/2020)
  Members tackle policing issues and aim to produce legislation on it during an August special session. (6/26/2020) 
  Special session planned for August to focus on policing reforms and COVID-19 related budget issues. (6/15/2020)
  Attorney General opinion says Assembly can meet virtually during a declared emergency. (5/11/2020)
  Attorney General determines the legislature has authority to meet electronically during an emergency. (5/7/2020)
  Lawmakers to meet Wednesday using large tents and a neighboring Museum’s event space to enable an in-person meeting that complies with social distancing requirements. (added 4/22/2020) 
  Lawmakers to hold one-day session using unique social distancing practices. (added 4/20/2020) 
  House Speaker is exploring remote, online voting for the upcoming veto session and any special sessions to be held this year, but is still expected to convene in person next week. (added 4/16/2020)
  The Senate’s spring veto session will take place on April 22 at the science museum’s exhibit and meeting facility. (added 4/9/2020)
  The House plans to convene outdoor veto session on April 22. (add 4/3/2020)
Washington The Washington legislature will use a hybrid approach for the 2021 session, mixing virtual meetings with on-site votes. (added 11/15/2020) 
  Washington lawmakers plan to conduct upcoming committee meetings and public hearing via teleconference. (added 11/15/2020) 
  Special session on coronavirus budget issues now unlikely. (7/6/2020)
  Governor may not call lawmakers back this year for a special session due to coronavirus concerns. (7/2/2020)
  Special session to meet this month to address budget shortfalls. (6/10/2020)
  Legislature adjourned on March 12, 2020, after 60-day session (added March 12, 2020).
West Virginia Chambers split over returning to session to oversee governor's pandemic response. (7/13/2020)
Wisconsin The Assembly met in its first remote session to pass bipartisan COVID-19-related legislation. While some legislators were present on the floor, many joined in from their homes and offices. The Senate meets on April 15 to talk up the legislation. (added 4/14/2020)
  An Assembly member tests positive for COVID-19. (added 3/23/2020)
  Legislators test positive for COVID-19 in Georgia and Oklahoma. (added 3/26/2020)
  The Senate has postponed next week’s Senate session and is considering a move it has never made before: meeting virtually. (added 3/20/2020)
  Wisconsin Department of Administration officials announced Thursday they have canceled all tours of the State Capital until further notice (added March 12, 2020).
  Special session begins Friday, publicly broadcast via YouTube. (5/14/2020)
Wyoming Representative Roy Edwards, who was running for reelection unopposed, died the day before Election Day; his seat will be filled by a vacancy committee. (added 11/15/2020)
  Wyoming lawmakers establish COVID-19 testing procedures for the upcoming session, as well as mask guidelines--legislative staff will be required to wear masks, while legislators and the public will be strongly encouraged to do so. (10/26/2020)
  Special session on May 15-16, with many legislators participating virtually. (5/12/2020)
  State senator donates salary to personal protective equipment for healthcare workers. (added 4/29/2020)
  Legislative leadership held a virtual meeting Thursday to prepare for its first special session since 2004. (added 4/20/2020) 
  Lawmakers to call multiple special sessions to allocate relief funding and mitigate economic effects of COVID-19 pandemic. (added 4/17/2020)
  Lawmakers considering a special session, the first since 2004. The session may be held outside the Capitol, in a virtual format. (added 4/7/2020)
Multiple States Biennial legislatures face new problems as pandemic hit during an even-numbered biennial year. (8/26/2020)
  Some legislators risk their personal health to serve as lawmakers during the pandemic. (added 4/24/2020) 
  Legislatures are meeting in different ways because of the COVID-19 pandemic – this article discusses actions or proposals for session protocols or remote participation in Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and Virginia. (added 4/9/2020)