Colorado state legalists are preparing Gov. Jared Polis to convene a special session focused on COVID-19 relief.
Top democratic officials in both chambers of the Statehouse say they and the Democratic Governor’s Office have been in talks for weeks on a possible special session, and Congress’ failure to pass a new federal stimulus package led to late negotiations. Have added things.
Polis is expected to announce the move early Tuesday.
A special session at this point is “likely”, said Senate Chief Leader Steve Feinberg, D-Boulder, “(COVID-19) growth and the effect it is having on small businesses, not just families.”
The governor’s office asked about the possibility of a special session, issuing this statement from Polis and Democratic legislative leaders: “There are productive conversations taking place in legislative leaders and the governor’s office on how we can help Colorado businesses and provide additional relief.” Hardworking families can help during these challenging times. “
Special sessions should be limited to a narrow set of subjects. Feinberg and House Speaker Casey Baker, D-Boulder, said they expect topics that include housing, child care and small business relief.
“With this increase in COVID cases, we are anticipating a difficult time for coloreds,” said Baker. “We were clearly hoping that the Congress would do more. Without stepping into Congress, we are talking about how and where and when we step. We talked a lot about those conversations with the Governor’s Office. We have started talking more about it to Republicans today. “
In a statement on Monday evening, Senate GOP spokesman Sage Nauman said, “We are just learning about the possibility of a special session and can confirm that these conversations are taking place. As we learn more, more will come. We will have more to share in the coming days. ”
Democrats control both chambers of the legislature.
As governor, Polis may suspend certain state statutes, but his executive power is limited, even in emergencies. The legislature can enact new laws and also monitor general fund spending.
A special session held this year will include lawmen who were term-limited or not otherwise reelected. Members elected earlier this month will assume office in January, when the next legislative session begins.
It is not yet clear when the special session will begin, lawmakers told The Post.