Updated 4/23/20

Our Public Policy team is keeping up-to-date with local, state, and federal activity around COVID-19 and how it's impacting our region. 

Federal Action 

H.R. 6074 - Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020

Signed into law March 6, the “phase one” stimulus package provides $8.3 billion to fund the acquisition of medical supplies and develop treatments and vaccines. Read more here.

H.R. 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

“Phase two” ensures free Coronavirus testing, paid leave under certain circumstances, and expanded food aid and unemployment insurance benefits. Read more here

U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division FFCRA Guidance:

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

“Phase three” includes four major components 1.    Direct financial help for the American people 2.    Relief for small businesses and their employees  3.    Steps to stabilize the U.S. economy  4.    Support for healthcare professionals and patients impacted by COVID-19

Read more here. 

State Action 

Missouri 

April 4 - Governor Parson Assures Missourians Food Supply Chain Remains Strong

Governor Parson was joined by Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams, Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Chris Chinn, and President of Sysco Foods St. Louis Rob Kirkland.

April 4 - State Of Missouri Recruiting Medical Personnel To Boost COVID-19 Response Across State

Additional medical professionals are needed by hospitals across Missouri to help meet the challenges posed by COVID-19. To supplement the state’s current health care workforce, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, and the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Missouri One Start Division are teaming up to recruit medical professionals not currently part of the workforce to join a specialized state team that responds to critical health emergencies.

April 3 - Governor Parson Issues Statewide “Stay Home Missouri” Order To Control, Contain, And Combat COVID-19

Governor Mike Parson issued a statewide “Stay Home Missouri” Order effective beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.

April 2 - Governor Parson Highlights Missouri’s Ongoing Efforts To Combat COVID-19

Governor Mike Parson highlighted the state’s ongoing efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in Missouri.

April 1 - Governor Parson Announces Expenditure Restrictions To Ensure Balanced Budget, Funds To Combat COVID-19

Governor Mike Parson announced $180 million in expenditure restrictions to ensure a balanced state budget and the necessary funds to combat COVID-19 going forward.

March 31 - Governor Parson Gives Updates On Missouri National Guard, Department Of Economic Development Efforts To Assist With COVID-19 Response

Governor Mike Parson provided updates on efforts by the Missouri National Guard, Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED), Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC), and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to assist with the state’s COVID-19 response.

March 30 - Governor Parson Continues Efforts To Eliminate Barriers, Expand Ability To Provide Health Care During COVID-19 Crisis 

Governor Mike Parson announced he has approved a waiver granting full reciprocity for physicians and surgeons from other states who wish to assist Missourians during the COVID-19 crisis.

March 28 - 30 Day Recap: Missouri’s COVID-19 Response Efforts

Governor Parson and his administration’s actions to respond to COVID-19 in Missouri. 

March 27 - Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 20-06 To Begin Mobilizing Missouri National Guard To Assist With COVID-19 Response

Governor Mike Parson has signed Executive Order 20-06 to begin mobilizing the Missouri National Guard to assist in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. This will increase the amount of coordination among state government partners in combating the spread of COVID-19.

March 26 - President Trump Approves Governor Parson’s Request For Major Disaster Declaration To Support Missouri’s Coronavirus Response

President Donald Trump approved Governor Mike Parson’s request for a federal major disaster declaration for the state of Missouri.

March 25 - Governor Parson Requests Federal Major Disaster Declaration For Missouri In Response To COVID-19

Governor Mike Parson has requested that President Donald J. Trump approve a major disaster declaration for the entire state of Missouri to provide federal assistance for state and local COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and emergency response efforts.

March 23 - Governor Parson And Administration Continue Efforts To Streamline Government Processes Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Governor Mike Parson and his administration take steps to streamline government processes and provide relief to those impacted by COVID-19.

March 23 - Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 20-05 Allowing Sale Of Unprepared Foods By Restaurants

Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-05 ordering the suspension of any prohibition on the sale of unprepared food by restaurants to the public.

March 21 - Governor Parson Directs DHSS Director To Require Social Distancing Statewide

Building on Missouri’s efforts to address COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson has directed Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams to order statewide social distancing.

March 18 - Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 20-04 Easing Regulatory Burdens During State Of Emergency

Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-04 invoking emergency powers to authorize executive agencies to waive or suspend certain regulations and statutes that interfere with Missouri's response to the spread of COVID-19.

March 18 - Governor Parson Announces April 7 Municipal Elections Postponed Until June 2 In Response To Covid-19

Pursuant to Governor Mike Parson’s Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and a request from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Governor Parson signed Executive Order 20-03 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020.

March 18 - Governor Parson Works With U.S. Small Business Administration To Activate Disaster Loans For Small Businesses

Governor Mike Parson directed the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and the Missouri Department of Economic Development to seek assistance for Missouri businesses through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

March 13 - Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 20-02 Declaring A State Of Emergency In Missouri

Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Illinois 

April 2 - Gov. Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot and Public Health Officials Announce the First Completed Phase of McCormick Place Alternate Care Facility

Governor JB Pritzker today joined Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Illinois National Guard, and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPA) to announce the completion of the first phase of work to transform the McCormick Place Campus into a new Alternate Care Facility (ACF) for COVID-19 patients.

March 31 - Gov. Pritzker Announces Extension of Stay at Home Order, Suspension of On-Site Learning in Schools Through April

Governor JB Pritzker announced that he will sign a 30-day extension of the state's disaster proclamation on April 1. The disaster proclamation provides the governor the authority to sign additional executive orders, extending the Stay at Home order and suspending on-site learning in K-12 schools through the month of April. 

March 28 - Gov. Pritzker Announces Efforts to Expand and Expedite Medicaid Coverage for Uninsured and Insured Illinois Residents

Governor JB Pritzker announces the "Care Comes First" action plan, a series of efforts led by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to expand medical coverage for residents across the state.

March 27 - Gov. Pritzker Announces Measures to Continue Supporting Working Families, People Experiencing Homelessness and Child Care Providers

Building on measures to address challenges facing Illinois working families during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Pritzker announced increases in SNAP benefits, funding to support people experiencing homelessness, and a stipend to child care providers who have provided child care to essential workers during this crisis.

March 26 - Gov. Pritzker Partners with United Way of Illinois, Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations to Launch Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

Governor JB Pritzker joined the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations today to announce the launch of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF), a new statewide fundraising effort to support nonprofit organizations serving those whose lives have been upended by this pandemic.

March 25 – Gov. Pritzker Announces Income Tax Filing Extension, More Than $90 Million in Small Business Aid

Governor JB Pritzker announced a three-month extension of the income tax filing deadline and several new programs to provide more than $90 million in financial relief to small businesses across the state.

March 23 - Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Announces Several Actions to Increase the Health Care Professional Workforce During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ("IDFPR") has announced several actions to increase the number of health care professionals to assist during this critical time.

March 23 - Gov. Pritzker Announces Partnership with Manufacturing and Biotech Industries to Produce Life-Saving Supplies in Illinois

Illinois Has Ordered 2.5 Million N95 Masks, 1 Million Surgical Masks, Among Other Supplies; Governor Calls for Federal Activation of Defense Production Act

March 20 - Gov. Pritzker Announces Statewide Stay At Home Order to Maximize COVID-19 Containment, Ensure Health Care System Remains Fully Operational

Governor JB Pritzker signed a statewide stay at home order, aiming to keep new cases of COVID-19 from rapidly increasing and ensure the state's health care system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care.

March 19 - Gov. Pritzker Announces Series of New Measures to Help Illinoisans Affected by COVID-19

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a series of new measures to relieve pressure on small businesses, increase safe opportunities for vulnerable populations to purchase essentials and expand health care services for patients and providers.

March 18 - Gov. Pritzker waives overweight permit fees for transportation of emergency relief supplies

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed an emergency declaration, effective through April 12, enabling haulers to get free Illinois Department of Transportation overweight trucking permits for the movement of emergency relief supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 17 - Gov. Pritzker to File for Statewide Eligibility for Small Business Administration Loans

In another effort to provide economic assistance to Illinoisans facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that his administration will file for statewide eligibility in a federal loan program for small businesses facing financial hardship.

March 15 - Gov. Pritzker Announces Bars and Restaurants Will Close to Public by End of Monday

As the state continues to take aggressive action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that all bars and restaurants in the state of Illinois will be closed to the public, beginning at the close of business Monday, March 16th through Monday, March 30th.

March 13 - Gov. Pritzker Announces Two-Week Statewide School Closure to Minimize COVID-19 Spread, Additional Economic Measures to Reduce Burden on Illinois Families

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that the state of Illinois will close all schools from March 17 through March 30 and implement additional economic measures to reduce the burden on Illinois families.

March 9 - Gov. Pritzker Issues Disaster Proclamation to Build on State's COVID-19 Response, Unlock Additional Federal Resources

Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation to unlock additional federal resources and help the state prepare for the potential of further spread.