General Assembly sessions, hearings canceled through March 27

 

STATE HOUSE – The House and Senate sessions and all committee hearings for the week of March 23-27 have been canceled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was announced today by Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello and President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio in collaboration with the Department of Health. The Assembly had previously announced it would not conduct business the week of March 16-20.

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