governor. Jared Polis announced late Thursday that a special legislative session in Colorado that aims to provide economic relief to people from the worsening coronavirus crisis in the state will begin on November 30.
The session will begin at 10 AM on that date and should last at least three days.
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“We live in an unprecedented pressing moment,” Police said in a written statement announcing the history of the special law-enactment period. And teachers. “
In an executive order calling for the session, Police outlined seven priorities for lawmakers:
- Small business exemption in the form of late tax payments
- Childcare support in the form of financial aid
- Housing assistance and direct rent
- Broadband access
- Food insecurity
- Utilities payment assistance
- Funds to help Colorado healthcare response to the pandemic
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The special session will be held just one month before the state’s representatives convene on January 13 for their regular legislative term. Democrats, who are in the majority on the Capitol, say delaying COVID-19 relief by a month in the absence of Congressional help would be too long.
“Honestly, January will be late,” said Alec Garnett, Speaker-Designate D-Denver.
State health officials are urging lawmakers to avoid personal gatherings on the Capitol as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Democratic Representative Meg Frolich from Englewood announced on Wednesday night that she had tested positive for the disease.
The state also plans to provide KN-95 masks to lawmakers, employees, and journalists on the Capitol Building.
More: Colorado health officials are providing guidance on the Coronavirus, and promising protective gear for the next special legislative session
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment encouraged lawmakers to limit Capitol visitors as well, and to initiate a testing regimen before and during the hearing.
The number of hospital admissions for the Coronavirus in Colorado reached 1,500 on Thursday, the highest level since the start of the pandemic. The state’s test-positive rate has also risen steadily with the number of average daily cases surpassing 4,000.
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