Updates from the Statehouse: COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just about helping those who are already sick but also about keeping our communities safe and ensuring that those who are impacted by this illness, physically, financially or emotionally are able to access the necessary services and support to be able to weather this crisis as smoothly as possible. 

Democrats have introduced over 20 bills so far to address these needs. Some of the items they address include: 


Bills Democrats have introduced since the COVID-19 crisis began


  • Prohibiting foreclosures and evictions of residential and commercial tenants
  • Supporting homeless shelters in the state and to provide emergency rental assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Prohibiting utilities from disconnecting water, gas, and electric services during the emergency
  • Stopping medical and student debt collections on behalf of the state
  • Expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits to include lower-earning workers by lowering the earnings test to align with the current minimum wage.
  • Extending benefits to individuals who are out of work because they have to care for a family member, including children
  • Waiving the work-search requirement for all unemployment compensation applicants during the emergency.
  • Requiring insurers to cover telehealth to same extent as in person visits during public health emergency. This will include mental health services.
  • Requiring 90-day supply of prescription medications
  • Requiring the state to adopt rules governing reduced hours of operation and disinfecting requirements for retail food establishments.
  • Making COVID-19 an occupational disease under the Workers' Compensation Law for specified types of employees.

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