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Gov. Polis plans to call a special legislative session on COVID-19 relief

Posted at 6:01 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 20:01:56-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Gov. Jared Polis announcing Tuesday he will call the Colorado Legislature into a special session to focus on COVID-relief.

Legislators say they have about $200 million to use to help businesses and families.

Gov. Polis said he would like to focus on the following:

  • a small business relief package for places like restaurants and bars with direct aid and tax relief.
  • housing and rental assistance to avoid eviction and foreclosure.
  • support of child care providers
  • expanding broadband access for online learning.

Gov. Polis added they are sending another letter to the federal government urging Congress to take up a federal relief package.

"A lot of tough decisions had to be made this last year to allow us to have some flexibility. Because Colorado has remained fairly stable, and at some opportunities has been able to whether this in an OK way, there is this one time 200 and plus million dollars that are available for us to use in ways to help," said Sen. Leroy Garcia (D) Pueblo.

At this time, legislators are working to finalize details on when the special session would be held.