COVID-19: State Actions Related to Legislative Operations

8/3/2020

Legislator's desk

Just as the coronavirus (COVID-19) has closed workplaces and curtailed activities in many different areas of American life, state legislatures are facing similar challenges. Legislatures are suspending legislative sessions, limiting access to state capitols to protect the health of legislators, legislative staff and the public, and exploring alternatives to physical meetings. Legislatures also are considering procedural initiatives to facilitate legislative business, within the constitutional, statutory and rules-based constraints of the legislative process. 

This webpage tracks the impact COVID-19 may have on the operations of state legislatures, including rules changes related to procedural issues, remote meetings or voting, or adjournment or suspension of legislative sessions.

The map below indicates states where at least one chamber has adopted or enacted provisions in 2020 allowing for remote voting or meetings (blue) or making other changes relating to legislative operations (green). Oregon and Wisconsin had previously authorized specific provisions allowing the remote or virtual meeting of the legislature if emergencies exist.

Bills and Resolutions Related to Legislative Rules or Procedures

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, legislative chambers in at least 35 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico have introduced or enacted bills or adopted resolutions that relate to legislative operations, including providing for remote meetings and voting or changes in bill deadlines, recess periods or other changes. In some states, changes to chamber rules have authorized remote meetings (this web page lists rules changes where known). 

Many state constitutions require legislatures to meet in person and thus could require a constitutional amendment rather than a resolution or bill to allow for remote meetings or voting. 

Bills or Resolutions Related to Legislative Procedures

State

Bill

Title

Status

Summary

Alabama SJR 50 Legislature Adopted  Amends the joint rules relating to a quorum not present. Provides that presiding officers may set session dates and times when the governor declares a state of emergency.

Alaska

HCR 17

State Legislature Uniform Rule Suspension

Failed--adjourned

Suspends the five-day notice requirement for a person who chairs a standing or special committee to allow committees to consider only legislative measures that substantially relate to the public health disaster emergency.

Alaska HCR 20 Legislature Uniform Rules Adopted Provides that under Rule 54, Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, the provisions of Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), regarding changes to the title of a bill, are suspended in consideration of Senate Bill No. 241, in response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

Alaska

SCR 14

Legislative Recess Length

Adopted

Provides that the senate and house may each recess for more than three days during the current session.

Alaska

SCR 16

Legislative Members Session Attendance

Failed--adjourned

 Authorizes the presiding officers to allow members to attend a session to address matters related to the COVID-19 public health disaster emergency by videoconference or teleconference in certain circumstances related to the COVID-19 public health disaster emergency

Arizona

MIS005

Suspension of House Rule 14 C allowing votes to be cast by technological means.

Adopted

Suspension of House Rule 14 C allowing votes to be cast by technological means. Speaker empowered for qualification, manner and duration.

Arkansas HR 1001
Legislature Emergency Procedures
Adopted

Provides for a temporary emergency procedure of the House of Representatives and provides for voting by limited-directed proxy. 

Arkansas SB 2 Coronavirus Rainy Day Fund Enacted Creates a Covid-19 Fund and provides for electronic voting for transfers of funds.
Arkansas SR 3 Fiscal Session Extension Adopted

Provides for an extension and sine die adjournment of the fiscal session, provides for recesses of the House and Senate, and authorizes the legislature to convene and adjourn as necessary outside the State Capitol Building.

California

ACA 25

State of Emergency: Remote Legislative Proceeding

Pending

Permits Members to remotely attend and vote in a legislative proceeding, or to vote by proxy in a legislative proceeding if permitted by their house, during the pendency of a state of emergency declared by the Governor or the President of the United States, under specified conditions.

California

HR 100

Relates to the legislature Adopted

Adopts rules governing proxy voting in the Assembly during the Coronavirus State of Emergency.

California

SR 86

Senate Rule Changes

Adopted

Provides flexibility to functions in the Senate during defined states of emergency, including remote participation in meetings during emergencies.

Colorado

HJR 1006

Request for Interrogatories Regarding Calendar Day

Adopted

Concerns a request to the Colorado Supreme Court for an opinion as to whether legislative days are counted consecutively during an emergency declaration regardless of whether the legislature meets, or if the session can be extended beyond the constitutional deadline. (See text of Colorado Supreme Court opinion: No. 20SA100, In Re: Interrogatory on House Joint Resolution 20-1006)

Colorado

HR 1002

Speaker Regulations for Members Remote Participation

Adopted

Concerns the addition of a house rule authorizing the speaker of the House of Representatives to promulgate regulations for remote participation in legislative proceedings of the house during a declared public health disaster emergency.

Colorado

SB 209

Act Subject to Petition Clause

Enacted

Concerns bills enacted in the second regular session of the seventy-second General Assembly that include an act subject to petition clause

Colorado

SB 214

Suspend 2020 Legislative Interim Committee

Enacted

Concerns legislative interim committee activities; suspends legislative interim activities during the 2020 interim and changing the minimum number of meetings that the early childhood and school readiness legislative commission must hold to be the maximum number of meetings annually that the commission may hold.

Colorado

SR 5

Regulations for Remote Participation
Adopted

Concerns the addition of a Senate rule authorizing the Senate president to promulgate regulations allowing remote participation in Senate legislative proceedings and providing for a safe and healthy work environment during a declared public health disaster emergency.

Connecticut

HR 101

Special Session Rules

Adopted

Concerns the rules of the July Special Session, 2020.

Connecticut

HJR 25

Joint Rules

Failed--adjourned

Changes deadlines for any bill or resolution received by the Legislative Commissioners' Office after March 1, 2020, and prior to March 17, 2020.

Connecticut

HJR 28

Joint Rules

Adopted

Provides that during a declaration of a public health emergency, members may vote at meetings by telephone or other means of voice communication.

Connecticut 

SR 25

Senate Rules

Adopted

Concerns the Senate Rules for the July Special Session, 2020.

Connecticut

SJR 52

Special Session Rules

Adopted

Concerns the joint rules of the July Special Session.

Delaware

HCR 85

President Pro Tempore Action Approval Resolution

Adopted

Accepts and approves the specified date, actions of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, declares an emergency under Section 5, Article II and Section 1, Article XVII of the Delaware Constitution, and adopts rules of procedure for conducting virtual meetings of the General Assembly and its legislative committees during an emergency.

Georgia

HR 1507

Virtual Meetings

Adopted

Amends the Rules of the House of Representatives so as to allow for virtual meetings of the House of Representatives.

Georgia

HR 1601

General Assembly Meetings and Adjournments

Failed--adjourned

Relates to meetings and adjournments of the General Assembly, including meetings in a temporary location and virtual meetings.

Georgia

SR 1 

Special Session Rules Adoption

Adopted

Adopts the Rules of the Senate for the 2020 Special Session of the General Assembly of Georgia

Georgia

SR 1010

General Assembly Meetings and Adjournments

Adopted

Relates to meetings and adjournments of the General Assembly, including meetings in a temporary location and virtual meetings.

Hawaii

HB 1153

Remote Testimony

Failed--adjourned

Establishes the remote legislative access program, to be supervised by the joint legislative access committee. Specifies requirements that the committee must consider when developing the program. Requires each house of the legislature to establish, by rule, procedures for the public to present oral testimony at legislative committee hearings through remote testimony.

Hawaii

HR 54

Covid-19 Preparedness

Adopted

Establishes the select house committee on Covid-19 economic and financial preparedness.

Hawaii

HR 188

House Rules

Adopted

Amends the rules of the House of Representatives to temporarily allow remote participation

Hawaii

SR 197

Virtual Attendance Adopted

Amends the rules of the Senate of the Thirtieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, regular session of 2020, by adopting a new rule 38.5 virtual attendance during catastrophic disasters.

Hawaii

SB 337

Remote Legislative Access Program

Failed--adjourned

Establishes a remote legislative access program to allow for the submission of testimony remotely; appropriates funds.

Illinois

HR 846

House Rules

Adopted

Amends the House Rules; changes Rules 26 and 30 and adds Rule 51.5 relating to decorum during Covid-19, including rules regarding social distancing and face coverings. 

Illinois

SR 1201

Senate Rules Adopted

Provides that the President, in consultation with the Minority Leader, may establish a process by which Senators and members of the public may participate remotely in hearings for standing committees, special committees, subcommittees or special subcommittees, and service committees. Also provides that, in times of pestilence or public danger, the Senate may adopt a motion to allow a member to remotely participate and vote in the regular and special sessions of the Senate, provided that at all times a quorum of members is physically present at the location of session.

Illinois SR 3 Senate Rules Adopted (Special session) Amends the Senate Rules; adds Article XIII, providing for public access to proceedings and verification of member attendance.
Indiana

Res. 20-01

Legislative Council Resolution: Virtual Electronic Meeting Procedures Adopted

Authorizes the Legislative Council to conduct the May 13, 2020, meeting of the Legislative Council as a virtual electronic meeting.

Iowa

SR 113

Senate Rules

Adopted

Amends Senate rules for the Eighty-Eighth General Assembly, including limits on access to the senate chamber. 

Kentucky

HR 129

House Rules

Failed

Establishes a consent procedure for the consideration of noncontroversial bills to reduce the time required for final passage of bills.

Kentucky

HR 131

House Rules

Failed

Amends the rules of procedure for the House relating to final passage of a bill or resolution with 40 or more co-sponsors that has been reported out of committee by a vote of two-thirds of the members of the committee.

Kentucky HR 133 House Rules Adopted Amends the rules of procedure for the House to allow remote meetings and alternative voting. 

Kentucky

HB 647

Constitutional Amendment

Failed

Establishes a consent procedure for the consideration of noncontroversial bills to reduce the time required for final passage of bills.

Louisiana

HB 868

Legislative Affairs

Failed--adjourned

Relates to the continuity of the legislature in times of emergency or disaster. Provides for the use of technology for remote sessions and voting during certain disasters and emergencies. 

Louisiana HR 18 House and Rules

Failed--adjourned

Provides an option in the House Rules to limit the debate on legislative instruments on final passage or adoption by a majority vote of the elected members of the House.

Louisiana

SCR 27 Legislative Powers and Functions

Adopted

Requests a joint study of the ability of members of the legislature to vote by video or other electronic means

Louisiana

SR 39

Senate Rules

Failed--adjourned

Amends Senate rules to permit members to vote via video or other electronic means during a declared emergency.

Louisiana

SR 45

Amends Senate rules to permit members to vote via video or other electronic means.

Adopted

Amends Senate rules to permit members to vote via video or other electronic means during a declared emergency.  Allows for members to be counted as present in the chamber for quorum purposes and vote via video or other electronic means during a declared emergency.

Massa chusetts

HB 4676

Emergency Rules

Adopted

Relates to special procedures for consideration of the Temporary Emergency Rules in relation to coronavirus.

Massa chusetts HB 4690 Temporary emergency House Rules. Pending

(Order) Relates to temporary emergency House Rules, including provision for remote meetings and remote voting. 

Massachusetts

HB 4910

Extension of Formal Session During the Pandemic

Adopted

(Joint Order) Declares that a state of emergency exists within the General Court due to the Coronavirus 2019 pandemic; provides that the House and Senate may meet in formal sessions and conduct formal business subsequent to the last date of July of 2020.

Massa chusetts

SB 2688

Income Tax Deadline Bill Voting Procedure

Adopted

Provides for remote voting procedures to be followed when the Senate considers the House Bill to facilitate the delay of the income tax filing deadline.

Massachusetts

SB 2756

Senate Session During the Pandemic

Pending

Relates to emergency rules governing session for the Senate during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Massachusetts

SB 2873

Extension of Formal Session During the Pandemic

Pending

Contains the amended text of H 4910 which suspends Joint Rule 12A relative to extending formal sessions beyond July of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan

HR 245

Temporary Rules for Emergency Operation

Pending

Provides for remote participation and voting in floor and committee meetings.

Michigan

HCR 20 

Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Adopted

Creates the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Michigan

SJR O

Remote session and committee meetings during certain state of emergency Pending

Proposes an amendment to the state constitution of 1963 to provide for remote legislative meetings.Proposes an amendment to the state constitution of 1963 to provide for remote legislative meetings during certain state of emergency declarations.

Minnesota Rule 10.01 Emergency House Operations Adopted Allows floor and committee procedures to occur by distance voting, remote electronic voting or other means.

Minnesota

HB 4507

Open Meeting Law

Failed--adjourned

Relates to Open Meeting Law; modifies requirements for attendance of members by interactive television

Minnesota

SR 227

Senate Rules Amendment

Adopted

Temporarily amends senate rules. 

Minnesota

SR 229

Rules of the Senate

Adopted 

Amends the rules of the senate to allow for meetings to be held using alternative means that permit remote participation and voting.

Minnesota

SR 230

Rules of the Senate

Adopted

Amends the Temporary Rules of the Senate to allow for meetings to be held using alternative means that permit remote participation and voting.

Minnesota

SCR 7

Adjournment of the Legislature

Adopted

Relates to adjournment of the Senate and House of Representatives until the public interest warrants reconvening.

Mississippi

HCR 12

Joint Rules

Adopted

Changes the timetable for processing legislation and provides that the House and Senate may specify an alternative location to meet in joint convention.

Mississippi  HCR 69

Legislature Extend Session

Adopted

Extends the 2020 regular session of the legislature. Provides that all of the deadlines and other provisions imposed by Joint Rule No. 40 are suspended for the purpose of the drafting, introduction, consideration and passage of any bill to address or otherwise due to the novel coronavirus public health emergency.

Nevada AR 2 Remote Technology Systems

Adopted

(First special session) Adopts Special Rules of the Assembly for the 31st Special Session of the State Legislature concerning the use of remote technology systems by members of the Assembly

Nevada

AR 1

Standing Rules

Adopted

(Special session) Amends the Standing Rules of the Assembly of the 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature. 

Nevada SR 4

Remote Technology Systems

Adopted

(Special session) Adopts Special Rules of the Senate for the 31st Special Session of the State Legislature concerning the use of remote technology systems by members of the Senate.

Nevada

SR 1

Rules

Adopted

(Special session)  Adopts the Rules of the Senate for the 32nd Special Session of the Nevada Legislature.

New Hampshire

HB 1169

Electronic Roll Call Vote

Pending

Eliminates the requirement that when a member of a public body is participating in a meeting by electronic or other means of communication, all votes must be by roll call vote.

New Hampshire House Rule 65(b) Session Deadlines Adopted

Provides that deadlines may be reasonably amended at the discretion of the Speaker of the House, to be timely noticed in the House Calendar and on the General Court website.

New Jersey

AB 3850

Public Bodies Meetings and Electronic Notice

Enacted

Explicitly authorizes a public body, including the legislature, to conduct a meeting and public business. Provides that electronic meetings will be open to the public and receive public comment by electronic means during a state of emergency, public health emergency, or state of local disaster emergency. Allows a public body to provide notice of meetings through the internet during that time.

New Jersey

AB 3852

Legislative Business Using Electronic Means

Enacted

Allows conduct of state business and legislative sessions at locations other than Trenton during periods of emergency. Allows conduct of legislative business using electronic means.

New Jersey

SB 2294

Public Meetings and Electronic Notice

Pending

Explicitly authorizes a public body, including the legislature, to conduct a meeting and public business. Provides that electronic meetings will be open to the public and receive public comment by electronic means during a state of emergency, public health emergency, or state of local disaster emergency. Allows a public body to provide notice of meetings through the internet during that time.

New Jersey

SB 2296

Legislative Business by Electronic Means

Pending

Allows conduct of state business and legislative sessions at locations other than Trenton during periods of emergency or other exigency, allows conduct of legislative business using electronic means.

New Mexico

HR 1

Emergency House Rules

Adopted

(Special session) Relates to emergency House Rules providing for remote participation of members and providing procedures to conduct proceedings of hte House during the current public health emergency.

New Mexico

SR 1

Organization and Operation of Special Session

Adopted

(Special session) Relates to organization and operation of the Senate during the Special Session. Provides that members may present and in attendance for the purposes of establishing a quorum if the member is physically present or in the senator's capitol office. A senator participating from the senator's capitol office pursuant to this rule shall be provided with the opportunity to debate and vote by electronic means from that senator's office.

New York AR 854

Special temporary procedures during a declared state of emergency

Adopted

Changes rules, during a declared emergency, regarding roll call votes and time allowed for speaking. Also allows for members to be in attendance in any proceeding of the House by remote means including teleconference or videoconference.

New York SR 3108 Special temporary procedures during a declared state of emergency Adopted Provides for a method to allow for Senators to be in attendance and participate in any proceeding of the Senate by remote means, including but not limited to teleconference or video conference, during a declared period of a state of emergency.

North Carolina

HB 1033

Extra Session

Pending

Amends the Constitution of the state to require the General Assembly to convene an extra session upon a declaration of a statewide state of emergency by the Governor.

North Carolina

HR  1230 House Permanent Rules Amendment Adopted House Resolution 1044, adopted April 28, 2020, expired May 31, 6 2020. House Resolution 1044 is hereby readopted in full by the House of Representatives as it existed at the time it expired.

North Carolina

HB 1044

Amend Rules/State of Emergency.

Adopted

Makes changes to the House Permanent Rules, as a result of the public health dangers resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes include a new rule to allow a member who is not present to designate either the Majority or Minority Leader to cast the member's vote if specified requirements are met. Also allows committees to conduct remote meetings if three requirements are met.

North Carolina

HB 1054

Legislative Special Sessions

Pending

Amends the state Constitution to require the Governor to convene the General Assembly in extra session within fourteen days of the issuance of a declaration of a statewide state of emergency; provides a process for the General Assembly to convene upon legislative call in the event the Governor does not provide a date to convene in extra session.

Ohio

HR 342

Rule Adoption

Pending

During the period of emergency, all persons, including members, except as specified in division (b) of this rule, attending a session or a standing committee, subcommittee, select committee, or joint committee meeting in person shall be required to cover the person's mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering.

Oklahoma

HR 1032

House Rules

Adopted

Under an emergency declaration, provides that a member of the House of Representatives may authorize a designee chosen by the respective caucus leader to proxy vote.

Oklahoma

HR 1033

Emergency Conditions

Adopted

Finds that emergency conditions exist which allow for the implementation of procedures as adopted pursuant to enrolled HR 1032.

Oklahoma

SCR 8

Joint Rules

Adopted

Modifies the deadline for third reading of certain measures in the opposite chamber of origin; and amends the joint rules.

Oklahoma SR 16
Suspension of Senate Rules

Failed--adjourned

Relates to a resolution providing for the suspension of Senate Rules for the duration of the Regular Session of the state Legislature due to coronavirus.

Oklahoma SR 17 Suspension of Senate Rules Adopted Provides for the suspension of Senate Rules for the duration of the 2nd Regular Session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature to expedite legislative business.

Oregon

SJR 201

Constitutional Amendment

Failed

Proposes amendment to the state Constitution to modify the portion of each house needed to be in attendance for a quorum. Proposes comparable changes to quorum requirements when the legislature convenes following a declaration of catastrophic disaster by governor. Refers a proposed amendment to the people at the next regular general election.

Pennsylvania HR 2 Expenses of the House of Representatives Adopted Permits newsletters and similar mailings during a restricted period if the mass communication is limited to information directing constituents to public and private resources and services available to mitigate the impact of the state of disaster emergency.

Pennsylvania

HR 908

Temporary Rules of the House of Representatives

Adopted

Adopts temporary Rules of the House of Representatives relating to roll call votes, to voting meetings of committees, to consideration of bills, to third consideration and final passage bills, to conference committee reports and to members' and employees' expenses; repeals certain adopted temporary rules

Pennsylvania

HR 834

Temporary Rules of the House of Representatives

Adopted

Adopts temporary rules relating to roll call votes, voting in committees, consideration of bills, third consideration and final of passage bills, conference committee reports and electronic mass communication.

Pennsylvania

HR 878

Task Force on Emergency Remote Voting

Pending

Establishes a Task Force on Emergency Remote Voting to research and recommend an emergency remote voting contingency plan for the House of Representatives to provide for continued operation of the House in the case of an emergency, including the coronavirus disease.

Pennsylvania

HR 896

Temporary House Rules

Pending

Amends a temporary rule of the House of Representatives; provides for notification by members who are diagnosed with or quarantined due to COVID 19, for temperature checks for members and staff, for the wearing of masks or face coverings, and for social distancing requirements.

Pennsylvania

SR 318

Temporary Emergency Rules of the Senate

Adopted

Adopts temporary emergency rules, including those that provide for electronic bill filing. Allows members to remotely participate in committee meetings. 

Pennsylvania

SR 335

Potential Exposure Protocol for Infectious Diseases

Pending

Amends the Rules of the Senate by adding a rule providing for notification of Coronavirus disease 2019 potential exposure protocol.

Rhode Island

HB 7757

General Assembly Votes

Pending

Allows members of the General Assembly to cast votes by telephone or video conference whenever the governor declares a state of emergency.

Rhode Island

SB 2846

Rules Amendment

Adopted

Amends the rules of the Senate for years 2019-2020 to allow for voting by proxy during declared state of emergency.

Utah

SJR 16

Electronic Meetings Legislative Rules

Adopted

Permits the legislature to conduct electronic legislative sessions and legislative meetings under limited circumstances. Establishes procedures and requirements for electronic meetings pursuant to the requirements of the Open and Public Meetings Act.

Vermont HR 17 Remote Voting Adopted Allows committee members to vote remotely during the current declared emergency.

Vermont

HR 18 Remote Participation During Emergency Adopted
Allows for remote participation during the current declared emergency.

Vermont

HR 19

House state of emergency extension.

Adopted

Extends the House declaring a state of evergency.

Vermont

HR 22

Remote House Voting

Adopted

Allows for the House of Representatives to vote remotely to extend the House Declaration of Emergency

Vermont

SR 10

Senate resolution relating to the adoption of an emergency temporary Rule 29A

Adopted

Adds Senate Rule 29A, an emergency rule regarding committee meetings. The Rules Committee is vested with the authority to permit senate committees (including itself) to meet and vote electronically as the Rules Committee determines appropriate. Provides that this Temporary Rule 29A shall expire on the convening of the 2021 biennial session

Vermont

SR 11

Senate resolution relating to temporarily amending the rules of the Senate to include rules during Declared Emergencies

Adopted

Provides that the Rules Committee may authorize that a session of the Senate during a declared emergency be concurrently conducted electronically at which one or more Senators may participate, debate, deliberate and vote in a meeting of the Senate from a remote location.

Vermont

SJR 48

Emergency temporary Joint Rule

Adopted

Adopts an emergency rule to permit committees of the state Legislature to meet and vote electronically during the current declared emergency related to coronavirus.

Virginia

HR 219

Conducting session in a disaster

Failed

Amending and readopting Rule 4 of the Rules of the House of Delegates, pertaining to conducting a session of the House, or a committee meeting, by electronic communication means during a disaster or other emergency. 

Washington

HR 4689

Conduct of the House of Representatives

Adopted

Provides for the conduct of the House of Representatives during interim periods.

Washington

SR 8711

Senate Business During Interim

Adopted

Provides for Senate business during interim.

Wyoming

Jt. Rules 23-1(o)

Special Session Bills

Adopted

Provides that members who attend a special session remotely shall be considered present in person and within the bar of the respective Senate or House, shall be permitted to vote and shall be counted for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present.

Wyoming

Pol. 20-02

Management Council Policy

Adopted

Provides that for official legislative committee meetings conducted remotely through any video conferencing platform, only the members of the legislative committee, and presenters listed on the meeting agenda, and members of the public who request and are approved to testify in advance shall be provided access to and allowed to directly participate in the video conference. Public participation shall be facilitated through the comment and sign up feature on the committee's website and any other means authorized by the committee chairmen.

Guam

R 323

Conduct Meetings and Public Hearings

Adopted

Adds new sections to a new rule of the 35th Guam legislature standing rules to temporarily authorize committee meetings and public hearings remotely during a public health emergency or state of emergency declared as a result of the effects of covid-19 on Guam.

District of Columbia

B 23-718

COVID-19 Response

Enacted

Alows the Council to meet virtually and allows flexibility in FOIA and Open Meetings.

Puerto Rico

SR 1353

Legislative Continuity Rule Addition

Adopted

Adds Rule 50.2 to Senate Resolution 13, as amended, known as Senate Rules of 2017, in order to ensure the continuity of legislative work when an emergency has been declared.

U.S. Virgin Islands

No. 33-20-004

Emergency Order

Adopted

Provides for an emergency session to address matters related to the coronavirus. Allows members to attend the session and vote through visual remote communications. Provides that the session be broadcast on television, radio and the internet.

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Resolutions Related to Adjournment or  Suspension of Legislative Sessions

 Legislative chambers in more than half the states have temporarily adjourned or recessed their legislative sessions in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Resolutions in 15 chambers related to adjournment or suspension of legislative sessions are listed below. Note that some states may have constitutional provisions that require the consent of both houses through a resolution to recess; in others, a motion to adjourn may be sufficient. Even after adopting a resolution to recess, however, other questions may arise, as they did in Colorado

Resolutions Related to Adjournment of Legislative Sessions

State

Bill

Status

Summary

Arkansas SR 3 Adopted

Provides for an extension and sine die adjournment of the fiscal session, provides for recesses of the House and Senate, authorizes the legislature to convene and adjourn as necessary outside the State Capitol Building.

California

ACR 189

Adopted

Provides that the Legislature shall be in joint recess from March 20, 2020, until April 13, 2020, except as specified.

Colorado

HJR 1007

Adopted

Concerns a temporary adjournment of the second regular session of the seventy-second general assembly to a day certain.

Florida FL SCR 1936 Adopted Relates to Extension of 2020 Legislative Session; extends the 2020 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature under the authority of Section 3(d), Article III of the State Constitution and provides that the Legislature shall adjourn sine die at the earlier of Friday, March 20, 2020

Georgia

HR 1466

Adopted

During an emergency or disaster, the speaker of the House may order the discontinuation of meetings and provide for reconvening at such temporary location or locations in accordance with Ga. Code §§ 38-3-52 and 38-3-53 on such date and at such time as he deems practical.

Georgia

HR 1473

Adopted

During an emergency or disaster, the speaker of the House and the president of the Senate may order the discontinuation of meetings and provide for reconvening at such temporary location or locations in accordance with Ga. Code §§ 38-3-52 and 38-3-53 on such date and at such time as they deem practical.

Georgia

SR 935

Failed--adjourned

During an emergency or disaster, the speaker of the House and the president of the Senate may order the discontinuation of meetings and provide for reconvening at such temporary location or locations in accordance with Ga. Code §§ 38-3-52 and 38-3-53 on such date and at such time as they deem practical.

Hawaii

SCR 242

Failed--adjourned

Relates to the recess of the 13th Legislature, regular session of 2020.

Hawaii SCR 244 Adopted Relates to the recess of the 13th Legislature, regular session of 2020.

Illinois

HJR 120

Adopted

Resolves that when the two Houses adjourn on March 5, 2020, the House of Representatives stands adjourned until March 18, 2020, or until the call of the speaker and the Senate stands adjourned until March 18, 2020, or until the call of the president.

Illinois

HJR 125

Adopted

Resolves that when the two Houses adjourn on Saturday, May 23, 2020, the House of Representatives stands adjourned until Tuesday, November 17, 2020, or until the call of the Speaker and the Senate stands adjourned until Tuesday, November 17, 2020, or until the call of the President

Illinois

HJR 1

Adopted (Special session). Resolves that when the two Houses adjourn on Saturday, May 23, 2020, the House of Representatives stands adjourned until Tuesday, November 17, 2020, or until the call of the Speaker and the Senate stands adjourned until Tuesday, November 17, 2020, or until the call of the President

Iowa

HCR 107

Failed--adjourned

Provides for the extended adjournment of the 2020 regular session of the 88th General Assembly and other related matters.

Iowa

SCR 102

Adopted

Provides for the extended adjournment of the 2020 regular session of the 88th General Assembly and other related matters.

Kansas

SCR 1615

Adopted

Relates to adjournment of the Senate and the House of Representatives for a period of time during the 2020 regular session of the Legislature; extends such session beyond 90 calendar days.

Kansas SCR 1601 Adopted (Special session) Provides for the adjournment of the 2020 special session.

Louisiana

HCR 27

Adopted

Provides consent for the adjournment of the 2020 regular session of the legislature for a period longer than three days.

Minnesota

HCR 3

Adopted

Relates to the adjournment of the House and Senate until the public interest warrants it, adjourns the House and Senate until specified date.

Minnesota HCR 4 Adopted Relates to the adjournment of the House and Senate until the public interest warrants it, adjourns the House and Senate until specified date

Minnesota

HCR 5

Adopted

Relates to the adjournment of the House and Senate until the public interest warrants it, adjourns the House and Senate until specified date

Minnesota

HCR 7

Adopted

Relates to the adjournment of the House of Representatives and Senate until the public interest warrants reconvening due to the presence of coronavirus.

Minnesota SR 8 Adopted Relates to the adjournment of the special session.

Mississippi

HCR 65

Adopted  

Extends the 2020 regular session of the legislature for a period of thirty days from the final day of the 125-day session to a specified date, authorizes the House and Senate to adjourn for more than three days, provides that they shall reconvene on a specified date, unless the speaker and lieutenant governor jointly determine that it is not necessary to reconvene. Authorizes the speaker and lieutenant governor to reconvene the House and Senate before or after a specified date.

Mississippi

HCR 69

Adopted

Extends the 2020 regular session of the legislature for successive periods of thirty days from the ending date of the previous extension of the session; provides that unless an earlier date for sine die adjournment is set by concurrent resolution, the 2020 regular session of the legislature shall stand adjourned sine die at midnight on a specified date; provides that if the speaker and the lieutenant governor jointly determine that it is necessary for the house and senate to reconvene.

North Carolina

SB 870

Adopted

(Joint Resolution) Adjourns the 2019 regular session of the General Assembly to a date certain, limiting the matters that may be considered; provides for adjournment sine die of the 2019 regular session of the General Assembly.

Oklahoma

HCR 1017

Adopted

Relates to adjournment of the legislature for a period in excess of three days.

Oklahoma HCR 1002 Adopted Relates to adjournment of the legislature for a period in excess of three days for the duration of the 1st Extraordinary Session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature

Oklahoma

SCR 2

Adopted

(Special session) Relates to the Senate or House to terminate the Catastrophic Health Emergency; provides for sine die adjournal of 1st extraordinary session.

South Carolina SB 1194 Adopted (Concurrent Resolution) Provides that when the respective houses of the General Assembly adjourn, each house shall stand adjourned to meet at the call of the President of the Sente for the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the House of Representatives at times they consider appropriate for their respective bodies to meet prior to a certain date; limits consideration to certain matters, including legislation concerning coronavirus disease.

Vermont

SJR 46

Adopted

Provides that when the two houses adjourn on March 13, 2020, it be to meet again no later than March 24, 2020.

Puerto Rico

SJR 490

Pending

Extends the session of the Legislative Assembly until a specified date of 2020.

U.S. Virgin Islands No. 33-20-002 Adopted Postpones all committee meetings, including a scheduled legislative session, planned for the week of March 16-20. The Legislature will also be closed to all visitors, as an added precaution to minimize exposure.
       

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