Bill Summaries: State Responses to the Coronavirus

By GovPredict March 23, 2020
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Every state is responding to the coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 in different ways. To help you make sense of it all, we are providing brief summaries of the bills currently making their way through state legislatures (some already signed into law).

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State Bill Number + Name Summary
Alaska HB205 (31st Legislature) Approp: Operating Budget/loans/funds
Appropriating funds for disaster relief agencies responding to the emergency.
Alaska HB310 (31st Legislature) Toll Rca/forecl./evict. Act For Covid-19
Disconnecting service is illegal, financing for utility companies to continue operations will be provided. Makes eviction and foreclosure illegal.
Alaska HB311 (31st Legislature) Extending Covid 19 Disaster Emergency
Extends the duration of the emergency and provides additional powers/protections during the emergency for medical professionals combating the disease
Alaska HB312 (31st Legislature) Covid-19: Rca; Unemploy; Pub Assist; Loan
Applies serveral emergency measures to extend beyond whenever the state emergency may end. The state will provide medical assistance, will not declare its borrowers in default and bans the disconnection of residential utilities, evictions and foreclosures.
Alaska SB241 (31st Legislature) Extending Covid 19 Disaster Emergency
Relaxing constraints on telemedicine for COVID reasons in specific Additional powes for the governor (delaying elections, etc) and medical commissioner (removing legal impediments to the response effort at will), expedited licensing for businesses relevant to the virus response effort, delaying of continuing education requirements for professionals, extension of tax deadlines
Alaska SB242 (31st Legislature) Covid-19: Rca; Unemploy; Pub Assist; Loan
Applies serveral emergency measures to extend beyond whenever the state emergency may end. The state will provide medical assistance, will not declare its borrowers in default and bans the disconnection of residential utilities, evictions and foreclosures.
Arizona HB2904 (Fifty-fourth Legislature - Second Regular Session (2020)) Human services; budget reconciliation; 2020-2021
Provides aid to the needy, and to doctors who are working to help the disabled during the emergency.
California SB939 (2019-2020 Regular Session) Emergencies: COVID-19: evictions.
Makes it unlawful conduct evictions during the state of emergency and institutes penalties for violation.
District of Columbia B23-0718 (23rd Council) Covid-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act Of 2020
All requirements around meetings are waived, and the government will take reasonable steps to facilitate remote listening to meetings that continue to take place. No stockpiling of goods or price gouging. Enables doctors to prescribe refills before the current prescription's expiration date. Gives authority to the 'commissioner' to issue emergency rulemakings, orders, and bulletins to ensure that the insurance and banking industries continue to function. Forbids power and water companies to shut off power due to non-payment. Hotel property and sales taxes abated until July 20, 2020. Public health emergency grant program to offer grant relief to smalll businesses that demonstrate that they have been negatively impacted by the virus. The grant funds can be used to cover wages and benefits, operating costs (including tax and debt service), and US small business administration loan payments. Restaurants can now register more easily to be able to deliver food. Corporations get a biennial report filing extension to June 1, 2020. Offers unemployment insurance to those impacted (both permanently and temporarily) and waives the work-search requirement. Late fees are waived The mayor gets additional authority to move government employees around, add or subtract shifts, hire new employees at will, deny leave, and enforce telework restrictions. All licenses, registrations, and other government deadlines are waived until 45 days after the emergency is declared over.
Kentucky SB177 (2020 Regular Session) AN ACT relating to education and declaring an emergency.
Schools can plan extra student days at the end of the year, or hours to the day, to make up for lost time now, including using virtual classrooms. Guaranteed leave for full/part time school employees. Relaxing requirements on delivering documents in person.
Massachusetts H4580 (191st General Court) Addressing challenges in municipal governance resulting from COVID-19
Waives restrictions on relief workers and provides addtiional powers to the government in responding to the emergency.
Massachusetts H4586 (191st General Court) To further address challenges faced by municipalities, school districts and state authorities resulting from COVID-19
Allows regional school districts to suspend votes on their 2021 budget. Allows municipalities to be more lenient in tax collection. Modifies local permitting process.
Massachusetts S2608 (191st General Court) Granting authority to postpone 2020 municipal elections in the commonwealth and increase voting options in response to the declaration of emergency to respond to COVID-19
Postpones elections and adds additional voting options
Minnesota HF4531 (91st Legislature 2019-2020) COVID-19 response fund established, prescription refill and property tax appeals timelines modified, unemployment insurance provided, and money appropriated.
Provides broad appropriations to address the COVID-19 crisis. Created the COVID-19 Minnesota fund. Modifies timelines for prescription drugs and taxes.
Minnesota SF4450 (91st Legislature 2019-2020) Resolution requesting that Congress and United Sates Secretary of Homeland Security extend the date for the full implementation of the REAL ID Act and make related changes to federal law
Requests that the federal government delay full implementation of the REAL ID Act, since Minnesota agencies are closed.
Minnesota SF4451 (91st Legislature 2019-2020) COVID-19 response efforts
Provides broad appropriations to address the COVID-19 crisis. Created the COVID-19 Minnesota fund. Modifies timelines for prescription drugs and taxes.
Nebraska LB1198 (106th Legislature) Appropriate funds for the Governor's Emergency Program - COVID-19
Appropriates funds to pay workers charged with executing emergency measures.
New Jersey A3866 (2020-2021 Regular Session) Establishes sales tax credit and sales tax holiday for portion of state of emergency related to COVID-19 pandemic.
Provides tax credit and tax holiday during the emergency
New York A10153 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Provides provisions for certain employee benefits when such employee is subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.
Provides protections and support for employees negatively impacted by the virus.
New York A10189 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Extends the authorization of the county of Rensselaer to impose an additional one percent sales and compensating use tax.
Guarantees funding for schools in spite of closures due to coronavirus.
New York S08091 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Provides provisions for certain employee benefits when such employee is subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.
Provides protections and support for employees negatively impacted by the virus.
New York S08109 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Suspends mortgages and loans from state-chartered banks and state-chartered credit unions for small businesses and restaurants that have closed or reduced services due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Mortgage relief for businesses impacted by the emergency.
New York S08112 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Decreases the number of signatures needed for designating petitions and independent nominations by one-third for political subdivisions, wholly or in part, within a county in which one or more residents have been confirmed to be diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for year two thousand twenty.
Lowers signature requirements for petitions and nominations due to coronavireus
New York S08117 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Creates a presumption that impairment of health caused by COVID-19 was incurred in the performance and discharge of duty of certain police, and parole and probation officers; and relates to use of sick leave due to COVID-19.
Protects police offers and prison guards who contract coronavirus in the line of duty.
New York S08118 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Prohibits negative credit reporting on consumers who have suffered financial harm as a result of the declared state of emergency relating to the coronavirus.
Prohibits negative credit impact on people who have suffered due to coronavirus
New York S08119 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Relates to paratransit services within the state and city of New York during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Protects disabled Americans + helps people providing paratransit services
New York S08122 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Authorizing the New York city department of finance to extend until June 15, 2020, the deadline for the filing of applications and renewal applications for certain real property tax abatement programs in the interest of the health and safety of the public due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Extends tax filing/abatement application deadlines
New York S08123 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Permits any individual to receive free coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing; such individuals may be tested anonymously and no identifying information shall be provided to any non-medical state or federal agency.
Permits any individual to receive free coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing; such individuals may be tested anonymously and no identifying information shall be provided to any non-medical state or federal agency.
New York S08124 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Requires airlines and travel insurance companies to provide refunds for travel cancelled due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Requires airlines and travel insurance companies to provide refunds for travel cancelled due to the emergency
New York S08126 (2019-2020 General Assembly) Relates to the retiree earnings cap for health care officials and workers during a declared public health related state of emergency declared by the governor.
Allows the state government to hire retired healthcare workers during the emergency.
Ohio HB561 (133rd General Assembly) Suspend physician assistant practice requirements
Relaxes requirements on the supervision of physican assistants during the emergency.
Ohio HB562 (133rd General Assembly) Prohibit eviction and foreclosure during COVID-19
Suspends foreclosure/eviction during the emergency.
Ohio HB564 (133rd General Assembly) Prevent utility disruption during COVID-19
Prohibits the disruption of utilities during the emergency.
Ohio HB565 (133rd General Assembly) Extend income tax filing deadline
Extends tax filing deadlines
Ohio HB567 (133rd General Assembly) Authorize partially refundable earned income tax credit
Provides an earned income tax credit in response to coronavirus.
Ohio HB570 (133rd General Assembly) Revise open bidding during COVID-19 emergency
Suspends requirements for bidding on government contracts during the emergency.
Ohio HB571 (133rd General Assembly) Make COVID-19 an occupational disease in some cases
To amend section 4123.68 of the Revised Code to make COVID-19 contracted by a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical worker an occupational disease under the Workers' Compensation Law under certain circumstances and to declare an emergency.
Ohio HB572 (133rd General Assembly) Allow certain offices to waive penalties and fees
Allows state agencies to waive penalties and payments during the emergency
Ohio HB573 (133rd General Assembly) Make COVID-19 an occupational disease in some cases
Classifies coronavirus as an occupational disease for the purposes of aid.
Ohio HB574 (133rd General Assembly) Transfer and appropriate money for unemployment comp
Transfers money for unemployment aid during the emergency.
Ohio HB575 (133rd General Assembly) Permit county payments by drop box during COVID-19
Allows for payments to be made by drop box during the emergency
Ohio HB576 (133rd General Assembly) Suspend homestead interest penalty and foreclosure
Waives interest/penalties for property taxes
Ohio HB578 (133rd General Assembly) Support homeless shelters and rent assistance due to COVID-19
Aid for the homeless during the emergency.
Ohio HB580 (133rd General Assembly) Require health plan issuers cover telemedicine in emergency
Requires insurance companies to cover telemedicine during the emergency
Ohio HB581 (133rd General Assembly) Address immediate concerns related to COVID-19
To address immediate concerns related to COVID-19.
Pennsylvania SB1096 (2019-2020 Regular Session) Providing for fund transfers during the novel coronavirus as identified in the Governor's Proclamation of Disaster Emergency issued on March 6, 2020.
Directing tax revenues destined for the 'General Fund' to be deposited into the 'Small Business First Fund' to facilitate the injury relief effort for small busineses.