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California Legislature Extends Recess Until May 4th Over Coronavirus Concerns

Last, Friday afternoon, Senate President pro Tem Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced that they will now call the Senate and Assembly back to the Capitol on May 4th. The released media advisory issued stated, “the date changes the previous target return date, April 13th, under the guidance of public health officials who seek to minimize opportunities for COVID-19 infection.”

Early spring is traditionally a busy time for the Legislature, with hundreds of bills being vetted and voted on by policy committees before receiving final votes in either of the two houses by May 31st. Notably, only two legislative deadlines — passing a budget by June 15th and passing bills by August 31st — are constitutional and functionally immovable, but the rest are more flexible. However, it remains to be seen how the process will be adjusted. Stay tuned...