2021 Legislative Session Information

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Last Updated: 6/10/2021

 

*Color-coded by meeting plans:

  • In-Person Sessions: Blue 
  • Virtual Sessions: Red 
  • Hybrid Sessions: Grey
2021 Legislative Session Dates
State Convene Date Adjourn Date In Person or Virtual House Intro Deadline Senate Intro Deadline Crossover Deadline Prefiling Deadline Carryover to 2022 Special Session Convene Date Special Session Adjourn Date Is the Captiol Open to the Public? Conduct of Public Hearings
Alabama 2/2/2021 5/17/2021 In Person 5/10/2021 5/10/2021 4/27/2021 2/1/2021 No N/A N/A No Committee hearings will be held in-person with some public access.
Alaska 1/19/2021 4/18/2021 In Person None None None 1/1/2021 Yes N/A N/A No Plans are still undetermined, but expected in the coming weeks.
Arizona 1/11/2021 6/2021* In Person 2/8/2021, unless allowed by Rules Committee 2/1/2021, unless allowed by Rules Committee 2/18/21 1/11/2021 No N/A N/A No; Appointments only. Committee hearing procedure is at the discretion of the chair. Some public access may be permitted during House meetings, but the Senate plans to accept virtual testimony only.
Arkansas 1/11/2021 4/30/2021 In Person Appropriation: 3/1/2021* Appropriation: 3/1/2021* None 1/11/2021 No N/A N/A Yes Committee chairs have discretion over committee meetings being held virtually or in-person. Committee hearings will be open to the public. There are social distancing and face mask requirements. Testimony can be submitted remotely by emailing the Committee Chair.
California 1/11/2021 09/10/2021* In Person 2/27/2021 2/27/2021 6/4/2021 N/A Yes N/A N/A Yes; Limited capacity. Committee hearings will be held in-person. Hearings will have capacity requirements to allow for social distancing and overflow rooms will also be available. The public will be allowed to submit testimony in-person.
Colorado 1/13/2021 6/12/2021 In Person 4/22/2021 4/22/2021 4/7/2021 1/8/2021 No N/A N/A No Committee hearings will be held in-person with some public access.
Connecticut 1/6/2021 6/9/2021 Virtual* None None None 12/29/2020 No N/A N/A No Committee hearings will be held virtually and the public will be allowed to submit testimony virtually.
DC 01/2021* 12/22/2021* Virtual None None None None Yes N/A N/A Yes Virtual committee hearings are expected to continue during the upcoming session.
Delaware 1/12/2021 6/30/2021 Virtual None None None 1/7/2021 Yes N/A N/A No Committee hearings will be held virtually and the public will be allowed to submit testimony virtually.
Florida 3/2/2021 4/30/2021 In Person 3/2/2021 3/2/2021 None 3/2/2021 No N/A N/A No The legislature currently plans to limit access to committee meetings for the public. Instead, the legislature plans to provide meeting rooms where the public may provide their testimony remotely.
Georgia 1/11/2021 3/31/2021 Likely In Person 38th legislative day 38th legislative day 3/8/2021 1/8/2021 Yes N/A N/A Yes Staff expect committee hearings will allow public access to give testimony.
Guam 1/4/2021 12/31/2021 In Person None None None None No N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will not allow public access, public testimony will be submitted virtually.
Hawaii 1/20/2021 4/29/2021 Hybrid 3/11/21 3/11/21 3/31/21 TBD Yes N/A N/A No Individuals will be able to testify via teleconference during the hearing and allowed to submit written testimony to the legislature's website.
Idaho 1/11/2021 Senate adjourns 5/12/21; House adjourns 12/31/21 In Person None None None None No N/A N/A Yes The legislature will allow public access to committee hearings.
Illinois 1/11/2021 5/31/2023 In Person 2/11/21 2/19/21 4/23/21 1/11/2021 Yes N/A N/A No; Appointment only. Committee hearings will be limited to legislators, the public will be expected to submited testimony virtually.
Indiana 1/5/2021 4/21/2021 In Person 1/11/2021 1/8/2021 2/22/2021 (House), 2/23/2021 (Senate) None No N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will be limited to legislators and staffers. Legislators may participate virtually, but are required to vote in-person. The public will be able to submit testimony remotely.
Iowa 1/11/2021 TBD; Session extended In Person None None 3/19/2021 1/11/2021 Yes N/A N/A Yes All subcommittee hearings will be virtual. Committee hearings will be held in-person. The public will be allowed to submit testimony virtually and zoom links will be provided. Lobbyists can request to speak ahead of the scheduled hearing or provide testimony virtually.
Kansas 1/11/2021 5/26/2021 In Person 2/12/21 2/12/21 3/5/2021 1/8/2021 Yes N/A N/A No All subcommittee hearings will be virtual. Committee hearings will be held in-person. The public will be allowed to submit testimony virtually and zoom links will be provided. Lobbyists can request to speak ahead of the scheduled hearing or provide testimony virtually.
Kentucky 1/5/2021 3/30/2021 In Person 2/16/2021 2/12/2021 3/5/2021 2/5/2021 No N/A N/A No Committee hearings will be held in-person. The public may submit testimony virtually.
Louisiana 4/12/2021 6/10/2021 In Person 4/21/2021 4/21/2021 6/7/2021 4/2/2021 No N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will be held in-person. No handouts will be accepted or distributed during committee hearings. Testimony must be submitted in advance of hearings to the committee staff electronically for approval for distribution to the members. Committee meetings will have limited seating and rooms will be sanitized after each meeting
Maine 12/2/2020 3/30/2021 In Person None None TBD TBD Yes 4/28/2021 TBD No TBD.
Maryland 1/13/2021 4/12/2021 In Person 3/8/2021 3/8/2021 3/22/2021 11/20/2020 No N/A N/A Yes; Limited capacity. Committee hearings will be held in-person with very limited in-person testimony. A majority of testimony will be provided via videoconference or in writing. Any in-person testimony will be provided via appointment only.
Massachusetts 1/6/2021 1/4/2022 (Formal session ends 11/17/2021) Hybrid None None N/A N/A Yes N/A N/A No Committee hearings will be held virtually. The public may submit testimony on the committee website.
Michigan 1/13/2021 12/16/2021 In Person None None None N/A Yes N/A N/A Yes;Limited capacity. Committee hearings will be held in-person and testimony will be accepted via Zoom or in person depending on the room capacity.
Minnesota 1/5/2021 5/17/2021 Hybrid None None 3/12/2021 for committee action TBD Yes N/A N/A No Committee hearings will be held via livestream. Testimony requests must be submitted prior to the hearing.
Mississippi 1/5/2021 4/1/2021 In Person 1/18/2021 1/18/2021 2/15/2021 (General); 2/26/2021 (Appropriations) 1/18/2021 No N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will be held in-person. Staff currently anticipate little to no public access to committee hearings.
Missouri 1/06/2021 5/30/2021 In Person 3/11/2021 3/11/2021 N/A 1/13/2021 No N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will be held in-person with some public access.
Montana 1/4/2021 4/30/2021 In Person 2/20/2021 2/21/2021 3/3/2021 TBD No N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings are expected to allow some public access. Testimony may be provided in-person or virtually.
N. Mariana 1/4/2021 TBD In Person None None None None No N/A N/A TBD Committee hearings will be held in-person with virtual public participation.
Nebraska 1/6/2021 5/27/2021 In Person N/A 1/20/2021 N/A N/A Yes N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will be held in-person with some public access. Anyone testifying is expected to wear a mask. Individuals will also have the option to testify remotely.
Nevada 2/1/2021 5/31/2021 Virtual 3/22/2021 3/22/2921 4/20/2021 2/1/2021 No N/A N/A No No official information has been announced yet.
New Hampshire 1/6/2021 6/30/2021 Hybrid 4/1/2021 4/1/2021 4/1/2021 (Senate); 4/9/2021 (House) Prefiling for House: 11/20/2020, Prefiling for Senate: 1/15 Yes N/A N/A No Legislators will have the option to attend committee hearings in-person or remotely. All public testimony will be submitted virtually.
New Jersey 1/14/2021 1/11/2022 In Person or Virtual Options None None None N/A No N/A N/A Yes The public is expected to submit testimony virtually.
New Mexico 1/19/2021 3/20/2021 Hybrid 2/18/2021 2/18/2021 None 1/15/2021 No 3/30/2021 TBD No Committee hearings will be held through Zoom and the public will be allowed to view these meetings virtually. Testimony will be allowed at the discretion of the chair.
New York 1/6/2021 6/10/2021 Virtual Monday four weeks before the targeted adjournment date None None 1/6/2021 Yes N/A N/A No The public is expected to submit testimony virtually.
North Carolina 1/21/2021 7/30/2021 In Person TBD TBD TBD N/A Yes N/A N/A Yes; Limited capacity. Committee hearings will be held in-person with virtual public participation.
North Dakota 1/5/2021 4/30/2021 In Person or Virtual Options 1/18/2021 1/25/2021 2/26/2021 N/A No N/A N/A Yes The legislature plans to allow some public access to committee hearings.
Ohio 1/4/2021 12/15/2022 In Person None None None N/A Yes N/A N/A Yes Committee hearing are open to the public, but they can be livestreamed.
Oklahoma 2/1/2021 5/28/2021 Hybrid 1/21/2021 1/21/2021 3/11/2021 12/11/2020 Yes N/A N/A Yes Legislators will have the ability to choose between meeting in a public hearing room or using Microsoft Teams. The public will have access to committee meetings.
Oregon 1/19/2021 6/27/2021 In Person 2/23/2021 2/23/2021 4/13/2021 1/19/2021 No N/A N/A No The Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) streams all hearings, contains committee meeting materials and offers ability for people to submit written testimony from each committee overview page. Members of the public wishing to speak to a committee verbally must either pre-register or use a public access station in front of the Capitol building at the designated meeting time. People will also be able to view all hearings on a large video screen in front of the Capitol.
Pennsylvania 1/5/2021 Year-round Likely Hybrid None None None N/A Yes N/A N/A Yes Plans are still undetermined, but staff expected the public will not be allowed in committee hearings and testimony will be submitted virtually.
Puerto Rico 1/11/2021 11/16/2021 In Person None None None None Yes N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will be held in-person, but the public will have limited access.
Rhode Island 1/5/2021 Year-round In Person TBD TBD TBD TBD No N/A N/A No Committee hearings will be limited to legislators, the public will be expected to submited testimony virtually.
South Carolina 1/12/2021 5/13/2021 In Person None None 4/10/2021 None Yes N/A N/A Yes The legislature currently plans to have hybrid hearings.
South Dakota 1/12/2021 3/29/2021 In Person 2/4/2021 2/4/2021 2/25/2021 1/11/2021 No N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will be held in-person with some public access. Remote testifying is encouraged.
Tennessee 1/12/2021 5/6/2021 In Person 10th Legislative Day 10th Legislative Day None 1/12/2021 Yes N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will be held in-person. Each chamber is making its own rules regarding public access. The Senate will only allow public participation via Zoom. The House has limited availability for in-person public attendance.
Texas 1/12/2021 5/31/2021 In Person 60th Legislative Day 60th Legislative Day 5/14/2021 1/12/2021 No N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will be held in-person with some public access. Members and the public are required to wear face masks at hearings unless they are speaking.
Utah 1/19/2021 3/5/2021 Hybrid 1/29/2021 1/29/2021 3/2/2021 None No N/A N/A No All committee hearings will be held remotely via Zoom. Members of the public may listen to the live broadcast or join the Zoom meetings.
Vermont 1/6/2021 5/21/2021* Virtual 1/29/2021 None None 3/12/2021 Yes N/A N/A No Committee hearings will be held remotely.
Virginia 1/13/2021 2/11/2021 Hybrid 1/22/2021 1/22/2021 02/5/2021* 1/13/2021 No 2/10/2021 3/01/2021 No House committee hearings will be held remotely while Senate committee hearings will meet in-person and be closed to the public. Public testimony may be submitted virtually.
Washington 1/11/2021 4/25/2021 Virtual 4/25/2021 4/25/2021 3/9/2021 1/10/2021 Yes N/A N/A No; Staff only. Committee hearings will be held remotely.
West Virginia 1/13/2021 4/10/2021 Likely in Person 2/17/2021 2/27/2021 3/31/2021 1/4/2021 House: Yes, Senate: No N/A N/A No Committee hearings will be live streamed through the legislative website. No plans have been determined if the public will have in-person access to hearings during session.
Wisconsin 1/4/2021 Year-round (Recess begins 11/21/2021) Hybrid None None None N/A Yes N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will be held in-person. Some public access to committee hearings is expected.
Wyoming 1/12/2021, In Person Session Reconvenes: 3/1/2021 4/7/2021 In Person 3/8/2021 3/3/2021 3/24/2021 1/12/2021 No N/A N/A Yes For now, committee hearings will meet remotely and the public may submit testimony virtually.
USVI 1/11/2021 Year-round In Person None None None None Yes N/A N/A Yes Committee hearings will be held in-person with virtual public participation.

* Date is subject to change