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Federal legislation enacted so far in response to COVID-19

by | Mar 18, 2020 | Federal Issue, Legislative Update Blog | 0 comments

In a recent memo outlining Gov. Evers’ initial emergency order related to the current public health emergency, the nonpartisan Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau described the provisions of the new law passed by Congress last week and signed into law by President Trump:

“On March 6, 2020, President Trump signed P.L. 116-123, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provided $8.3 billion to fund federal and state actions to address the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“”Of the total, $2.2 billion is budgeted for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the requirement that CDC provide at least $950 million to fund grants to, or cooperative agreements with, states, localities, territories, and tribes to carry out surveillance, epidemiology, expanding laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications, and other preparedness and response activities. CDC may use this funding to support eligible state expenses incurred beginning in January, 2020. The federal act requires that half of the funding allocated for local activities ($475 million) be allocated within 30 days of the enactment of the bill.

“Further, the act specifies that every grantee that received a public health emergency preparedness grant for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2018-19 will receive at least 90 percent of that grant level from funding authorized in P.L. 116-123. As Wisconsin’s FFY 2018-19 public health emergency preparedness grant award was approximately $11.3 million Wisconsin will receive at least $10.2 million due this provision. Grantees are required to submit a spending plan for this allocation no later than 45 days after the enactment of the act. In addition, Wisconsin will receive $0.5 million as part of funding targeted to jurisdictions with the largest burden of response and preparedness to date and $0.5 million to begin surveillance. 

“DHS does not require additional authority from the Legislature, either through enactment of legislation or approval by the Joint Committee on Finance, in order to administer the funding the state receives under the federal legislation.”

Read entire LFB Memo


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