Policy Corner APRIL 2020


Governor Newsom has been conducting daily news conferences to provide updates on COVID-19 and the responses. These press conferences can be viewed via news networks on television and online:  https://www.gov.ca.gov/category/executive-orders/

Recent Executive Orders in California

The legislature had a special hearing recently to share information on budget items with regards to the states COVID-19 response. April 16, 2020 – Informational Hearing Agenda – Budget Overview of California’s COVID-19 Response. To view a recording of the hearing click here.

We encourage individuals and organizations to reach out to their elected officials and share the health equity impacts of COVID-19 and response, as well as ways of bringing relief to California communities. It is an opportunity to share your lived experience with those in policy and ensure vulnerable communities have equitable resources to protect health during the pandemic and moving forward.  


Senator Holly Mitchell, Chair

Senator Jim Nielsen

Senator Anna M. Caballero

Senator Brian Dahle

Senator John M.W. Moorlach

Senator Richard Pan

Senator Richard D. Roth

Senator Nancy Skinner

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Committee website: https://sbud.senate.ca.gov/covid19response

Media archives will provide links to past hearings.

For past legislative meetings taking place in the CA Senate visit:


For past legislative meetings taking place in the CA Assembly visit:


The California Budget Policy Center has released very helpful fact sheets pointing out disparities on COVID-19 impacts within CA’s diverse populations.

Federal Bills

  • H.R.748 [116th] CARES Act (Became Law on 3.27.2020)
    • The CARES Act provided economic supports to Americans across the U.S. Learn more by clicking here
  • H.R.6201 [116th] Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave benefits due to issues related to COVID-19. Learn more by clicking here

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