Q: Now that the California Legislature has resumed, what are key hearings, deadlines, and guidance for participation during the continued Covid-19 state of emergency? How will I know if a bill I care about is moving forward or held?
A: After a legislative pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, the California State Assembly reconvened Monday, May 4, 2020 and the Senate will resume May 11, 2020. Due to the risk of spread of Covid-19, hearings are held virtually with telephonic access for public comment and in-person attendance is discouraged. Guidance to the public requests that people do not enter the Capitol if they have a cough or fever, or are monitoring Covid-19 symptoms. People are encouraged to watch and participate from home. Opportunities are provided to submit written testimony and to make public comment by phone. For anyone needing to attend in person there is a request to maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another. Capitol restrooms are equipped with soap and people are asked to wash hands often and use hand sanitizer.
The Assembly and Senate Daily Files are updated to include the new hearing dates, agendas and information for how to view the hearings. There will be one hearing per committee in the month of May. Based on the ongoing financial impact of Covid-19 on the economy, legislators were asked to restrict their legislative items only to those issues related to addressing Covid-19, homelessness, and wildfire response. Many bills previously set to be heard will now be held and will not move forward this year. To learn the status of legislation, search by bill number here and click on the status tab.
Hearings important to transition age youth and foster youth are the following:
- Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1, May 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
- Assembly Human Services, May 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
- Assembly Higher Education Committee, May 13, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
- Assembly Housing and Community Development, at May 20, 2020 11:30 a.m.
- For the Senate hearings schedule, click here.
To learn more and support JBAY’s legislative advocacy, visit our take action page, here.