Last week marked the beginning of what promises to be a very busy year. Both the Assembly and the Senate held the first of many budget hearings that will be held over the next 10 weeks. Policy committees are not far behind and the Capitol is still operative under COVID-19 restrictions and heightened security measures. The legislature faces many significant and pressing issues as they return to focus on policy and budget proposals. Among some of the most pressing issues identified by the legislature are COVID-19, safe re-opening of schools, police reform, wildfires, homelessness, and the Employment Development Department (EDD).
Within the next month we will see hundreds of legislative proposals (bills) submitted for consideration by the legislature (the introduction deadline is Feb. 19, 2021). Several proposals to address the impact of COVID-19 on education, early education, special education, learning loss, and distance learning issues have already been introduced. In addition, several proposals seek to address homelessness, tenancy rights, and police reform. As our legislative agenda develops we will seek support for issues that are critical to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and service providers. We look forward to advocating with all of you this year and encourage your participation in opportunities for public comment.