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Capitol Update – Gov Newsom & Coronavirus Series Issue #9

 November 30, 2020

California Federation of Republican Women
Sue Blair, President

By Elaine Freeman, CFRW Legislative Analyst

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Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19  6.30.20   This executive order authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by Covid-19 through 9/30/20.  Also, included availability of marriage licenses by video teleconferencing; waived eligibility requirements for participants in Medical,  suspended face-to face eligibility for foster care and permits for in-home supportive service programs so case workers could continue caring for older adults and individuals with disabilities through video conferencing.  Also extends waivers broadening the capabilities to enroll persons in Calworks, allows for self-attestation of pregnancy conditions and waiving in-person ID.  Also extends the time for mail-in drivers license renewal and extends time for payment of real estate license fees.

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 7.31.20-
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Extends the deadline for counties with assessment appeals boards to issue a decision on pending tax assessment appeals filed before 3/4/20.

Ahead of New School Year, California Schools Receive Critical Funds to Support Distance Learning and Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Directing State Agencies to Bridge Digital Divide -08.14.20
SCHOOL FUNDING Provides 5.3 billion in learning loss mitigation funds secured through the State budget signed in June and directed State agencies to bridge the digital divide with State efforts to provide computing and hot spots to students for internet access.

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Free Up Additional Energy Capacity Amid West Coast Heat Wave -08.17.20- This executive order freed up additional energy capacity to relieve pressure on the grid during peak times to deal with the heat wave.
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 8.24.20 –
MULTIPLE ISSUES This order was issued to help the Departments of Consumer Affairs and Public Health to issue waivers permitting pharmacist and pharmacy technicians to conduct CLIA and COVID-19 tests.  Also, enables certain adoption paperwork to be completed remotely for birth parents suspected to be Covid-19 positive.  Increases the income eligibility threshold for the CBD grant program to support economic and community development efforts and waive certain requirements under the law.  In addition, extends the time limit to allow individuals to continue receiving Calworks for kids.

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Elections- 08.26.20-
This executive order is meant to assist election officials. Extends the deadline for county elections officials to count and verify signatures submitted by initiative petitions seeking to qualify for the November election.

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