Legislature to Postpone January 2021 Session Return By a Week

This is bad news.  King Gavin is going to continue to make jokes, called mandates, and continue his effort to kill the economy, our schools and rights of religious freedom.  The Legislature is not going to stand in his way.

“On Monday, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) announced that the California Legislature will delay their winter session return from January 4th to January 11th.

The decision was largely made due to an increase of COVID-19 cases across the state as well as to keep all legislative members and staff in Sacramento safe.

Is it possible the cause of the increase is NEWSOM.  Masks, social distancing, closing of schools, churches and even a curfew has not worked.  In fact, the more he piles on, the worse it gets.  Without the legislature we are held hostage by a rich, privileged dilettante who makes rules for us, but not for him or his friends.

Legislature to Postpone January 2021 Session Return By a Week

Rising COVID-19 cases in the Capitol will delay the session from Jan. 4th to Jan 11th

By Evan Symon, California Globe,  12/22/20  

On Monday, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) announced that the California Legislature will delay their winter session return from January 4th to January 11th.

The decision was largely made due to an increase of COVID-19 cases across the state as well as to keep all legislative members and staff in Sacramento safe.

 “Throughout this pandemic, we have enacted safeguards and protocols to keep everyone as safe as possible, and we will modify or enhance those measures if needed,” Senator Atkins said in an e-mailed statement. “California is in the midst of a surge in COVID cases that cuts across all professions and workplaces, socioeconomic status, and communities — we all must continue to do what we can to mitigate the spread of this horrible virus, especially right now, when the holidays are upon us.”

While there are many bills that have been introduced and are currently awaiting committee placement such as bills concerning police minimum age requirements, COVID-19 vaccine prioritization, wealth taxes, and death penalty abolishment, Californians are currently awaiting legislative decisions on more pressing concerns. COVID-19 relief and COVID-19 eviction protections have been among the most concerning for Californians, as an indecision on those issues could lead to a large rise in homelessness, expensive housing, landlord financial troubles, COVID-19 positivity rates and other negative consequences.

“A lot of people have had positive tests,” noted “Dana” a Capitol staffer. “[Senate Secretary Erika] Contreras sent out that memo last week noting the numbers. Nine cases in five. And that’s what spurred that decision. Legislative staff here is already down to a skeleton crew, so those numbers are alarmingly high.

“But it’s not just COVID we’re worried about now. That’s a week off for new bills to go through here. It happened last session a few times because of COVID, and it really messed things up. We still have a backlog of bills that need to be brought back up, not to mention all of the new ones.

“So it is a big health worry for sure, but now it’s also hindering what we can really do or get passed this session. If it happens, we’ll probably see like what we did in August and focus more on COVID-centric bills since that’s the big emergency.”

Earlier this year in July and August, Assembly and Senate sessions were largely abbreviated due to delays stemming from COVID-19 outbreaks in both chambers as well as nearby legislative offices. This caused many bills to be pulled and delayed until the January 2021 session.

While the session is expected to resume in January on the 11th, further outbreaks or a higher COVID-19 positivity percentage may lead to further delays of the session or possible remote legislative meetings.

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Comments

  1. If the state legislature can not work that would be a good thing. I have never seen any reason for them to pass a few hundred new laws every year. Lets make them part time maybe 2 month per year

  2. Glad for this. Saves us from another bunch of stupid, socialist laws. Yes, let’s make them part time like in years past. Let’s also make a law that if any governor or legislature in the future tries to demand a shut down of our lives, that they will also be doing the same. No salaries, no visits, no travel. Bets are there would be no more shut downs. Recall Newsom! Then educate the brain dead voters who vote the same idiots into office election after election expecting anything to change.

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