Legislature stays home, but critical work inches forward
With the Governor issuing a statewide stay-at-home order effective until at least April 11, the Legislature will likely extend their recess past the original March 30 date. Work continues behind the scenes remotely, as Joint Budget Committee staff and the Office of State Planning and Budgeting are diligently going through current year budgets and the upcoming year’s budget to look for savings, as they await final news from the federal level about relief for the states. It’s anticipated that the committee will likely meet for a week to work on budget balancing before the entire General Assembly reconvenes.
The Colorado Supreme Court is still considering whether the legislative session’s 120 days need to be consecutive or if lawmakers can extend the session’s end date past May 6. Arguments and legal briefs on both sides were turned in to the Court on March 24.
Lastly, Sen. Jim Smallwood of Parker has tested positive for COVID-19 and reports that he is in isolation but feeling fine. Our thoughts are with him and his family as he recovers.