NYS Government and Legislative Update – 7.8.20

The Senate and Assembly majorities are holding conferences today to discuss their legislative plans.  It is anticipated that they will announce that both houses will be returning to session the week of July 20.  There is no word yet on what the agenda will be for this session.  We are anticipating that this session will focus on legislation that would traditionally be addressed during end of session and could cover a wide range of topics.  We will share information on the planned session and the agenda when we have it.

The Governor held a press briefing today where he announced that the travel advisory has been extended to include Delaware, Kansas, and Oklahoma, bringing the total number of travel advisory states to 19.  Details on the travel advisory can be found here.  He also announced that starting this Friday, July 10, malls in regions that have reached Phase IV, which now include all regions except New York City, can open as long as they have enhanced HVAC filtration systems and social distancing measures in place.  In his briefing Monday, the Governor had stated that the State Fair was going to be canceled.  Today, he added that all county fairs across the state will be canceled.

The Governor also provided more clarity on the decision related to schools reopening in September.  He indicated that on July 13, the state would issue final guidance for the schools on what a reopening plan must contain.  The schools then have until Friday, July 31, to submit their reopening plans to the state for review and final approval.  The decision on whether schools will open in September will be made the week of August 1 – 7.  The Governor indicated that the decision to reopen will be based on the data and that schools will only reopen if it is safe to do so.

If you have additional questions about this update or any other developments that are happening as New York continues to Un-PAUSE, please reach out to a member of our Government Affairs practice group for assistance:

Amy J. Kellogg
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