Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The future of the 2020 legislative session in Colorado is still in flux. As of March 27, the General Assembly has asked to extend its current recess due to the COVID-19 pandemic for at least another two weeks. Legislators also await a decision from the State Supreme Court about whether the legislative session's constitutionally mandated 120 days need to be consecutive, or if legislators will be able to pick up where they left off and extend the session's end date beyond May 6. Finally, the Joint Budget Committee, which still needs to finalize the state budget, has delayed meeting again until April 7 at the earliest. Due to the fast-changing COVID-19 situation, they believe it is premature to put forth a budget without a better understanding of the potential economic impact of the pandemic. These factors will likely impact the future of Senate Bill 163, the immunization bill, along with all other bills like the public option health insurance and paid family leave bills, that were working through the legislature. Immunize Colorado will continue to update our coalition as information becomes available.