State and Federal Legislation

State of California

Coronavirus updates: https://covid19.ca.gov/

Current Health Orders: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx

Declaration of the State of Emergency due to the Coronavirus: March 4, 2020

 

Executive Orders

There have been several Executive Orders issued by Governor Newsom regarding eviction moratoriums, taxes, social services, health care, etc. throughout the pandemic. For more information on individual orders, please visit: https://www.gov.ca.gov/category/executive-orders/. The most recent orders are below. 

  • Executive Order N-03-21- extends the authorization for local governments to halt evictions for commercial renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through June 30, 2021.
  • Executive Order N-02-21helps to maximize the number of health care professionals and providers administering vaccines

California COVID-19 Related Legislation

AB 3088 - Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020

AB 3088 protects tenants with a COVID-19-related financial impact from eviction for nonpayment of rent if the tenant provides the landlord with a signed declaration for financial distress. The law provides eviction protections between March 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020. Also, if 25% of the rent is paid, eviction protections continue through January 31, 2021. Tenants who fail to pay this 25% can be evicted beginning on February 1, 2021. Ab 3088 took effect on August 31, 2020.

 

SB 91- the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act
 SB 91 took effect on February 1, 2021. AB 91 extends eviction protections through June 30, 2021. SB 91 also provides financial assistance to qualifying tenants who are financially distressed and unable to pay some or all of their rent.

 

California COVID-19 Legislative Relief Package

This package of bills includes one-time stimulus payment, small business relief, childcare stipends, emergency financial aid to low-income students, and $6 million for outreach and application assistance for students applying for CalFresh. 

  • AB 81 – COVID-19 Relief 
  • AB 82 – COVID-19 pandemic emergency: contact tracing: childcare
  • AB 85 – Budget Act of 2020
  • SB 87 – California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program: income tax: gross income: exclusion: small business grants
  • SB 88        – One-time stimulus payment: delinquent accounts: Earned Income Tax Credit: statements
  • SB 94 – Alcoholic beverage control: barbering and cosmetology: license renewal fees: waiver 

California Budget 2021/2022 Proposal

  • The Governor’s budget has many key actions to help families and businesses recover from the pandemic.
  • $372 million to speed up the administration of vaccines across the state
  • $14 billion investment in economic recovery 
  • $90 billion – the highest levels of school funding 
    1. $2 billion - to support and accelerate safe returns to in-person instruction
    2. $4.6 billion to help students bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic
    3. $400 million for school-based mental health services.

 

Federal Legislation


 H.R. 6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act 

The bill has five main provisions meant to respond to the deepening economic crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Free Coronavirus testing: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act ensures that all individuals, including those with private insurance, Medicare Advantage or Original Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, VA, FEHBP, and TRICARE, as well as the uninsured, will have access to tests at no cost.
  • Food assistance: The U.S. House bill includes more than $1 billion to provide nutritious foods to low-income pregnant women and mothers with young children, help food banks and provide meals to seniors.
  • Medicaid FMAP Rates: The U.S. House bill increases by 6.2 percent the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) that the federal government provides to state and territorial Medicaid programs.
  • Unemployment Aid: H.R. 6201 gives states the resources and flexibility to provide unemployment benefits to laid-off and furloughed workers, as well as to those workers who exhaust their allotted paid leave. It provides $1 billion in 2020 for emergency grants to states for activities related to processing and paying unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, under certain conditions.
  • Paid Sick and Medical Leave: The bill establishes an Emergency Paid Leave Program that replaces a significant share of lost wages so that those who take leave to avoid spreading the virus or due to illness or caregiving responsibilities can pay their bills.

H.R. 748 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to help provide additional public health resources, support working people and protect the economy. Some of the ways this legislation helped our communities during this pandemic include:

  • $1,200 direct rebates to individuals making $75,000 a year or less, with smaller amounts to those with higher incomes;
  • $2,400 direct rebates to couples filing taxes jointly making $150,000 or less, with smaller amounts to those with higher incomes;
  • $500 direct rebates for each child in a household;
  • $100 billion for hospitals;
  • Suspends federal student loan payments and interest accrual until September 30, 2020;
  • $10 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency grants to provide relief for small business operating costs;
  • Makes rent, mortgage, and utility costs eligible for SBA loan forgiveness;
  • $30 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to state and local governments and nonprofits providing critical and essential services;
  • Extends unemployment insurance to 4 months instead of 3 months;
  • $600 per week increase in unemployment benefits;
  • $400 million to help states make their elections more secure; and
  • $150 billion coronavirus relief fund for state and local governments. 

H.R. 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

  • It is a $484 billion interim Coronavirus relief package. 
  • This bill added another $310 billion to the small-business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as well as provide billions in aid to hospitals and for testing.
  • $321 billion in additional funding for a small-business loan program that quickly reached its earlier $349 billion cap. This includes $60 billion to be set aside for small lenders
  • $60 billion for small-business disaster loans and grants.
  • $75 billion for hospitals.
  • $25 billion for coronavirus testing.

H.R. 1319 - American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

It is a $1.9 trillion plan. It includes the following: 

  • $400 billion to expand access to vaccinations and testing 
  • $20 billion in funding for a universal vaccination program
  • Funding to assist underserved populations disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus. 
  • $1,400 stimulus payments for those making less than $75,000 a year or a couple making less than $150,000
  • Funding to state and local governments 
  • Additional assistance for renters and children in poor and middle-class families 
  • The plan also provides crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers, and other essential workers.