November 19, 2020
California Federation of Republican Women
Sue Blair, President
By Gretchen Cox, CFRW Legislative Analyst
Capitol Update – Gov Newsom & Coronavirus Series Issue #6
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Foster Youth Services in Response to COVID-19-(Apr 17, 2020)- The executive order will allow county child welfare agencies and probation departments to perform necessary functions using processes other than face-to-face interactions. Includes flexibility in emergency placement of foster youth and ensuring access to critical programs and technology.
Governor Newsom Announces Additional Relief for Californians Impacted by COVID-19 – Apr 23, 2020 – The federal CARES Act did not address millions of student loan borrowers with federal loans that are not owned by the U.S. government as well as loans made by private lenders. This executive order gives direct help to those borrowers. Governor Newsom also signed an executive order that exempts garnishment for any individuals receiving federal, state or local government financial assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds may still be garnished for child support, family support,
spousal support or criminal restitution for victims.
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Empowering Schools to Focus on COVID-19 Response and Transparency- Apr 23, 2020- This executive order extends the deadlines for local educational agencies to submit Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP), which are multi-year planning documents tied to budget projections. They will be required to explain steps they have taken to deliver high-quality distance learning opportunities and related measures. The
report will help provide transparency and accountability to communities. The executive order also waives P.E.
Governor Newsom Provides Flexibility to Medi-Cal Providers and the Department of Health Care Services for
Continuity of Service Amidst COVID-19- Apr 23, 2020 – The executive order will allow fair hearings to continue by phone
or video conference for California Children’s Services, and ensures flexibility for DHCS and the Department of Social Services
to continue providing services and programs. Also temporarily suspends requirements for in-person signatures for people to
obtain certain prescription drugs covered by Medi-Cal, and will allow an extension for providers on cost reporting, change
of scope of service and administrative hearings. https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/04/23/governor-newsom-providesflexibility-to-medi-cal-providers-and-the-department-of-health-care-services-for-continuity-of-service-amidst-covid-19/
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19- Apr 23, 2020 – This executive order
addresses multiple issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including granting an extension on several Department of
Motor Vehicles deadlines, and suspends some late fees. Additionally, the order allows certain posting, filing and notice
requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to be satisfied through electronic means to allow
public access and involvement. Finally, the executive order will temporarily allow retailers to provide bags to consumers
without charge, and pause redemption of beverage containers in-store. The executive order also temporarily suspends
some rules for recycling centers.