Today the General Assembly completed their final day of session. Rumors circulated in the final week that the legislature would recess, instead of adjourning Sine Die, which would have left the option open to return at a later date. Today, however, the House and Senate passed resolutions to adjourn Sine Die. In order to return in 2020, the Governor could call a special session or the legislature, with two thirds approval, could call a special session. Below, you find the update from the final day of action. We will be sending a full report on the 2020 Session in the next couple days! Please let me know if you have any questions!
Bills up for Final Passage:
- HB20-1415 Whistleblower Protection Public Health Emergencies—The House concurred with Senate amendments and repassed the bill 39-24.
- HB20-1420 Adjust Tax Expenditures For State Education Fund—The House concurred with Senate amendments and repassed the bill 40-23. There was lengthy floor debate about this measure.
- HB20-1427 Cigarette Tobacco And Nicotine Products Tax—The House concurred with Senate amendments and repassed the bill 41-22.
- SB20-205 Sick Leave for Employees—This bill went to conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The amendments added to the bill extend the implementation date for businesses with 15 or fewer employees and clarify how the bill interacts with collective bargaining agreements—the collective bargaining agreements do not need to be revised following passage of SB 205, but sick leave benefits under such agreements must meet the minimum benefit requirements in the bill. The House and Senate adopted the changes made by the conference committee with little discussion on the floor. The House adopted the conference committee 39-23 and repassed the bill 39-23. The Senate adopted the conference committee report 31-0 and repassed the bill 20-11.
- SB20-215 Health Insurance Affordability Fee—The Senate concurred with House amendments and repassed the bill 21-12. There was lengthy floor debate about this measure.
Today Governor Polis held a press conference to announce new Safer at Home guidelines to go into effect Thursday, June 18. In the presentation he outlined that:
- Indoor events can begin to reopen
- Residential camps can begin to reopen
- Outdoor events can begin to reopen
- Bars can reopen at 25% capacity up to 50 people
- Personal services can expand their offered services
- Non-critical manufacturing can expand in person workforce
Links for the draft rules and to submit feedback on the draft rules:
He outlined the next phase of reopening following the Safer at Home orders. Different communities around the state may be ready sooner than others depending on local outbreaks, case trends, and health care capacity. For the communities around the state to transition from Safer at Home to Protect Our Neighbors, they must show lower transmission levels, the capacity to handle a surge in COVID-19 patients, and the ability to conduct contact tracing and manage localized outbreaks. If communities meet thresholds in these areas, they would be able to open all activities at 50% pre-COVID levels, with groups up to 500 people. Governor Polis signed Executive Order 2020-104 which extends a previous executive order to suspend certain statutes to ensure people can maintain eligibility for Medicaid and CHP+.