California Legislature and COVID-19

Submitted by admin on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:35

As of March 27, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a huge impact on all aspects of our lives, and the California State Legislature is no different.

Last week, all committee hearings were cancelled. After adjournment on March 20, the legislature recessed until April 13. As needed, they may reconvene on emergency basis.

The Legislature prior to recessing, passed emergency budget bills specific to the COVID-19 pandemic in California. Assembly Bill/ Senate Bill 89 and Assembly Bill/ Senate Bill 117 were both passed with bipartisan support. The bills ensure funding for schools and child care facilities unable to operate due to COVID-19, as well as appropriating funds to increase hospital capacities, purchase of hotels/motels for the unsheltered, and the eventual economic impact of COVID-19.

When the Legislature reconvenes, bills will continue to move through the legislative process. The deadline to submit bills for consideration this year was in late February. Stay tuned for information on important park bills.

As with everything surrounding COVID-19, it is an ever-evolving situation. As updates come forward surrounding COVID-19 and the California Legislature, we will provide updates on our social media channels. Follow @calparks on Twitter and Instagram, and California State Parks Foundation on Facebook to stay up to date. If you have any questions, you can email advocacy@calparks.org.