Governor Polis Signs Bill Into Law, Takes Action to Address COVID-19

Thursday, December 3, 2020

DENVER -  Following the Special Session of the 72nd General Assembly, Governor Jared Polis signed SB20B-004, sponsored by Representative Julie McCluskie and Senator Dominick Moreno, into law and took action to address the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This new law, passed with broad bipartisan support, transfers $100,000,000 from the General Fund to the Controlled Maintenance Trust Fund and provides the Governor with authority to transfer some or all of that amount to the Disaster Emergency Fund to assist with the public health and emergency response costs associated with COVID-19 in Colorado.

The Governor also signed an amendment to the original COVID-19 disaster declaration transferring $84,300,000 allocated in SB20B-004 from the Controlled Maintenance Trust Fund to the Disaster Emergency Fund, and making that amount available to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  

Governor Polis took additional action regarding COVID-19 by extending Executive Orders to provide boards of county commissioners with broader discretion and greater flexibility to implement restrictions on open burning, providing relief to public utility customers, and expanding the health care workforce for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities. 

Watch the bill signing here