Sacramento Scene: Back in Session
By: Matt Patton, CATA Executive Director

The California State Assembly reconvened at the capitol on May 4. The Senate came back on May 11. It is anything but business as usual at the capitol. The building is closed for public tours and there is limited seating in hearings and committee meetings, because of social distancing. It is encouraged that all public comment on legislation is done via web portal or by phone. Legislators have been asked to dramatically pare back the number of bills that they are pursuing this year. Although committees are conducting hearings and bills are being debated, what everyone is waiting for is the May revision of the budget which is scheduled to be released on May 14.