Category: Legislative Updates


Legislature on Fast Track

Despite the holiday weekend, the Senate conducted budget hearings throughout the Memorial Day weekend, and with the shortened week this week, they also wrapped up their policy committee hearings. As you may recall, the Assembly returned to Sacramento a week earlier than the Senate, so there was some catch-up to do in the upper chamber….

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Senate Returns to Sacramento, Flavored Tobacco Bill Advances

This week, the California State Senate returned to Sacramento following its unprecedented joint recess amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Recall, last week, the Assembly returned to Sacramento to resume its in-person legislative activities, albeit in a significantly modified way to support physical distancing. With both chambers now back in Sacramento, the Senate and Assembly face compressed…

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Assembly Convenes Oversight Hearing on State Emergency Contracts

On Monday, the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review convened an oversight hearing on state contracting in an emergency, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The hearing, held in the Assembly Chambers to accommodate physical distancing, was opened by Accountability and Administrative Review Chair Cottie Petrie-Norris discussing the state’s rapid response to the pandemic, including…

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Assembly Resumes In-Person Legislative Activities, Legislature Faces Modified Processes

On Monday, the California State Assembly returned to Sacramento following its unprecedented emergency recess in March in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we highlighted last week, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon ordered a series of modifications at the Capitol to ensure public health and safety, including health screening and controlled movement within the Capitol building,…

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Legislature Holds Two COVID-19 Pandemic Informational Hearings

This week, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services and the Senate Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response each held informational hearings on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Below, we detail these hearings: Assembly Sub. 1 Examines Health Care Workforce, Safety Net Programs On Monday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 convened…

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Senate Creates Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response

On Wednesday, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins announced the creation of the Senate Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response, a bipartisan committee of eleven senators to review the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee will explore what has gone well and what could be improved regarding the state’s planning and response activities,…

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Legislature Extends Joint Recess Due to COVID-19

Late last Friday, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced the Legislature has extended its joint recess to May 4, 2020, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Recall, the Legislature recessed last month in an unprecedented move to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis; the Legislature was previously scheduled to…

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