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 the one-pager here.

H.R. 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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

S. 3548 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security 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 the one-pager here

State Action 


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).


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.