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Bill Detail: HB21-1003

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Title Legislative Proceedings During Disaster Emergency
Status Governor Signed (01/20/2021)
Bill Subjects
House Sponsors A. Benavidez (D)
Senate Sponsors S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 01/13/2021

The bill authorizes the executive committee of the legislative
council (executive committee) to allow electronic participation in
legislative proceedings during a declared disaster emergency caused by
a public health emergency infecting or exposing a great number of people
to disease, agents, toxins, or other such threats, and, if it is allowed, to
establish policies governing such electronic participation.

A member participating electronically is entitled to receive a per
diem on the same basis as a member participating in person. If a member
cannot participate electronically from the member's home due to a
technological limitation, the member may receive reimbursement for
travel expenses to an alternate location to allow the member to participate
electronically. The amount of the reimbursement cannot exceed the
amount the member would customarily receive for travel expenses to
Denver to participate in person. A member is not entitled to
reimbursement for any other expenses incurred in connection with
electronic participation.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first regular session of the
seventy-third general assembly, the bill allows joint committees of
reference that are required to hold hearings commonly referred to as
SMART Act hearings to conduct the hearings at any time after the
general assembly convenes, including while the general assembly is
temporarily adjourned. Legislators, departments, and the public may
participate remotely in accordance with policies established by the
executive committee or the joint rules of the senate and house of

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