Govs On Deck – July 13, 2020
It’s Monday and that can mean just one thing – it’s time for the first “Govs on Deck” of the week. We’re still here and we still hope you are all safe and healthy. As a reminder, this newsletter is now going out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
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Dem Govs Get It Done:
NOTE: This is an overview of recent actions, not a comprehensive roundup of everything our incredible governors are doing. Want more examples? Send me an email and I can help you track down answers.
- MICHIGAN Gov. Gretchen WHITMER sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that the president authorize the use of Michigan National Guard forces through December 31, 2020.
- NEW YORK Gov. Andrew CUOMO announced that New York State will send the COVID-19 medication Remdesivir to Florida as the state struggles with a resurgence of cases. Florida is waiting for a further supply from the federal government and New York will provide enough Remdesivir to help the state care for 280 COVID-19 patients until the federal shipment arrives.
- RHODE ISLAND’s Board of Elections’ 2020 Task Force released a series of recommendations to ensure that Rhode Island voters can cast their ballots in a safe and secure manner this fall. Recommendations include centralizing the processing of mail ballot applications, sending all active registered voters a mail ballot application for the general election with postage pre-paid envelopes, sending all active voters a postcard outlining voting options for the September primary, and eliminating the witness or notary requirement for mail ballots among other recommendations.
- LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel EDWARDS limited indoor social gatherings like wedding receptions, class reunions, and parties to 50 total people.
- LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel EDWARDS announced a mandatory mask requirement for Louisiana. The statewide mask mandate allows parishes without high COVID-19 incidence to opt-out if they choose.
- MICHIGAN Gov. Gretchen WHITMER signed an executive order reiterating that individuals are required to wear a face-covering whenever they are in an indoor public space and requiring the use of face-coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. The order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering, with limited exceptions.
- NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Roy COOPER signed legislation that, for an indefinite period of time, permits the wearing of masks during a declared public health emergency. Without the continuing authorization, it would have once again become illegal on August 1st to wear a mask in public settings. That 1952 statute was aimed at the hood-wearing Ku Klux Klan.
- LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel EDWARDS ordered bars in the state closed to on-premises consumption, as the state experiences an increasing spread of COVID-19.
- NEVADA’s Department of Health and Human Services announced the elevated disease transmission criteria for determining whether a county must revert back to Phase 1 for bars and listed the seven counties that meet that criteria.
- NEW YORK Gov. Andrew CUOMO announced that, as of yesterday, concessions would be allowed to open with restrictions at state ocean and lakefront beaches.
- COLORADO Gov. Jared POLIS signed legislation authorizing businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on their premises to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off the licensed premises.
- COLORADO Gov. Jared POLIS extended an executive order that temporarily suspends certain statutes and rules to expand the healthcare workforce for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities due.
- COLORADO Gov. Jared POLIS extended an executive order temporarily suspending statutes to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and Children’s Basic Health Plan
- KENTUCKY Gov. Andy BESHEAR renewed an executive order that allows pharmacists to dispense emergency 30-day refills on prescriptions.
- MICHIGAN Gov. Gretchen WHITMER announced that a donation of PPE from the Kingdom of Jordan arrived in Michigan. The shipment includes overalls, surgical masks, and goggles. A shipment of N95 masks is expected to follow.
- COLORADO Gov. Jared POLIS extended an executive order that expedites the processing of unemployment insurance claims for Coloradans.
- NEW MEXICO’s Department of Workforce Solutions announced that it will continue to waive the work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance claimants.
- COLORADO Gov. Jared POLIS extended and amended an executive order temporarily limiting certain evictions
- COLORADO Gov. Jared POLIS extended an executive order temporarily providing relief to public utility customers affected by COVID-19.
- RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina RAIMONDO unveiled a $7-million initiative with the United Way of Rhode Island to provide tenants with help paying back rent and securing legal representation, with a goal of reaching resolutions outside of the court and keeping people in their homes. The “Safe Harbor” program is being paid for through the CARES Act.
- CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin NEWSOM announced that approximately 8,000 people incarcerated inside California’s prison system will be released by August. The releases will come on a rolling basis, and they’ll include both people who were scheduled to be freed soon as well as people at high risk for serious complications if they contract the virus.
- KENTUCKY Gov. Andy BESHEAR signed an executive order allowing door-to-door solicitation in the commonwealth, provided solicitors comply with Healthy at Work minimum requirements and retail requirements, in addition to wearing face coverings and gloves.
- PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom WOLF signed an executive order authorizing state agencies to conduct administrative proceedings remotely.
- KANSAS Gov. Laura KELLY’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice met for their first meeting Thursday afternoon. The Commission meeting began with introductory remarks from the governors.
- KANSAS Gov. Laura KELLY announced the launch of the new KANSASWORKS KanVet website. The new site provides access to State of Kansas veteran-specific resources and benefits on a one-stop, convenient webpage. Resources available to veterans on the site include, but are not limited to employment resources, veteran and family assistance, education resources, and mental health support.
- KENTUCKY Gov. Andy BESHEAR announced the approval of two project loans from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority for wastewater and sewer system improvements in the cities of Bedford and Pineville.
- VIRGINIA Gov. Ralph NORTHAM announced that Virginia will invest $14 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust to replace all-diesel cargo handling equipment at the Port of Virginia with zero-emission all-electric equipment, and $20 million to fund the Clean Air Communities Program to electrify government fleets across the Commonwealth.
- MINNESOTA Gov. Tim WALZ announced that he will convene a special legislative session beginning today. The governor continues to push for legislation on police reform and accountability and has asked the Legislature to join his effort to build a stronger, more equitable economy by passing a robust bonding bill.
Stay safe everyone and wash your hands! See you on Wednesday!