General Assembly Postpones Session due to Coronavirus

The General Assembly has been on its annual budget hearing hiatus that lasts for most of February and two weeks in March. It was supposed to return to session on March 17, but the leadership just announced that that return will be postponed, and will be evaluated weekly. So there is no definite resumption date as yet. Here is the statement from House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride:

“After careful consideration and consultation with various state agencies, we believe delaying our return is the right decision to ensure the safety of our staff, fellow lawmakers and members of the public who visit Legislative Hall when we are in session.”

“At this moment, our postponement will extend until March 24. However, we will carefully monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Delaware and across the country, and we will re-evaluate when to return to session on a weekly basis. As we have said before, this is a rapidly shifting situation and we must remain flexible based on the changing circumstances.”

Effective Friday, Legislative Hall will be closed to the public. There will be no tours, and any meetings scheduled for the following week will also be postponed.

Missed session days are not unprecedented. In the past, the General Assembly has canceled a limited number of session days due to inclement weather. These missed days will be treated in a similar fashion and discussions about how to proceed with the remainder of session will be ongoing and developing as the situation unfolds.

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