After stating this week that he would call the legislature back to the Capitol for a special session on COVID-19 relief, Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday night announced the session will begin Nov. 30 and focus on seven forms of relief.
Those seven are small business relief, child care support, housing and renter assistance, broadband access, food security, utilities assistance and public health.
The legislature and Polis expect lawmakers will have about $220 million to allocate during this special session, which state Senate President Leroy Garcia predicted will not run for more than three or four days.
Polis and the Democrats who run the legislature agreed on the session after weeks of waiting on a new round of federal stimulus that so far has not arrived.
“We have a responsibility to do everything we can to help our state recover from this pandemic, but if we don’t act now, more businesses will close and families may lose their homes,” said House Speaker KC Becker, D-Boulder. “Colorado restaurants, families, and communities can’t wait any longer for additional federal aid. Our stimulus package will deliver relief for Colorado’s restaurants, help parents find safe child care options, and provide direct assistance for Coloradans who are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage.”
The legislature’s regular session is scheduled to begin Jan. 13.
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