Special Session - April 2020

As you may have seen in the news, the Legislature will convene for a special session today Thursday, April 16. It will be a historic occasion: this is the first time the Utah Legislature has exercised its authority to call a special session in times of emergency. It will also be the first-ever virtual special session.

The impact of COVID-19 on our state has created an urgent need to convene and address important issues such as budgetary changes, amended election procedures and formally accept the federal emergency funding — all of which require legislative approval.

Bills for Consideration

Whether called by the Legislature or the Governor, during a special session, the Legislature can only consider topics included in the call or proclamation. You can read the press release here and the proclamation here. The bills we will consider are published on le.utah.gov in advance to give time for the public to read them and provide feedback before they are debated. You can find the list of bills for the special session here.

How to Participate

Your input is vital. Good public participation drives good legislation, and we welcome it. There are a number of ways you can stay involved during this upcoming virtual special session.

1. Watch the special session on television or online.

While legislators will not be at the Capitol in person during this special session, we will join remotely through a virtual meeting platform. The entire session will be streamed and broadcast for public viewing in real time.

First Virtual

2. Read the bills and share your comments.

Go to le.utah.gov to review bills being introduced in the 2020 Third Special Session. Once you are on a bill page, you may select the “Comment” tab and provide input.

Virtual Session Comment

3. Email me your thoughts directly.

Please continue to share your thoughts with me directly through email at rwinterton@le.utah.gov

  • Here are some recent COVID-19 updates:
    Gov. Herbert announced schools will extend their “soft closure” for the remainder of the school year in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Superintendent Syd Dickson spoke on how the local school districts and charters will continue their focus to make sure students are fed, learning is achieved, emotional needs are met, students can still graduate with the skills they need to succeed in future employment and maintain gainful employment for all educators and paraeducators. Read more here.
  • The TestUtah initiative is sponsored by Silicon Slopes in partnership with state leaders and private corporations. This assessment provides crucial data needed to track the spread of the virus, contain it, help find a cure and save lives.

Thank you and stay safe!


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