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Capitol Update – Govenor Newsom & Coronavirus Series Issue #4

November 12, 2020

California Federation of Republican Women
Sue Blair, President

Legislative Analyst Desk

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Governor Newsom & Coronavirus Series

APRIL 2020
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Protecting Homes, Small Businesses from Water Shutoffs (4/2/20) – The purpose of this executive order was to restrict water shutoffs to homes and small businesses while the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Consumers from Price Gouging (4/3/20) – This order generally prohibits sellers of any kind from increasing prices on food, consumer goods, medical or emergency supplies, and certain other items by more than 10 percent. 
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Expand Telehealth Services  (4/3/20) – This order allows health care providers to use video chats and applications to provide routine and non-emergency medical appointments health without risk of penalty.  It aligns with federal Health and Human Services guidelines and waivers issued in response to COVID-19. 
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Provide Expanded Access to Child Care for Essential Workers During COVID-19 Response (4/4/20) – This order was to ensure guidance on prioritizing enrollment of children of essential critical infrastructure workers.  It suspended restrictions on access to state-subsidized child care programs.  It also allowed California to take advantage of new federal flexibility to provide pandemic SNAP benefits to children to reduce food insecurity. 
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Help State Procure Necessary Medical Supplies (4/7/20) – The purpose of this order was to help the state procure necessary medical supplies to fight COVID-19.  In this order Newsom stated that “I find that strict compliance with various statutes and regulations specified in the order would prevent, hinder, or delay appropriate actions to prevent and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19”. Relying on his constitutional and statutory authority, he directed that portions of the revenue and taxation code as they apply to items such as masks, gloves and gowns intended for the use in the prevention of disease be exempt from sales and use taxes.

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