After an 11-week recess due to COVID-19 and a number of long days and late nights, the "second" session of the 88th General Assembly of Iowa adjourned sine die at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2020, almost two months after it was originally scheduled to adjourn (April 21, the 100th day).
Legislators returned to the Capitol Wednesday, June 3, to resume the 2020 session after being paused due to COVID-19 for 11 weeks. The session is expected to adjourn sine die for 2020 on Friday, June 12.
This week, the Governor issued her twelfth State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration. The Iowa House Republicans issued a press release, stating the intention of the legislature to resume the 2020 legislative session at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3.
This week, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law H.R. 266, the interim coronavirus response package (known as Phase 3.5), Governor Reynolds announced health care providers can resume elective surgeries, and Test Iowa launched.
This week, Congress failed to reach an agreement for additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, the President unveiled new guidelines reopening the economy, and Governor Reynolds announced Iowa schools would be physically closed for the remainder of the school year.
This week the Iowa House and Senate leadership determined the legislative session will continue its suspension until at least April 30 and the Governor issued her sixth emergency disaster proclamation.