Here is a list of approved and pending legislation regarding COVID-19. It will be updated continuously.

APPROVED LEGISLATION 

Bill NumberBill TitleSummary Status
H.4561FY'20 Supplemental BudgetAppropriates $15M for the “monitoring, treatment, containment, public awareness, and prevention efforts” against COVID-19, allowing the Secretary of A&F to disburse funds wherever necessary.Signed by Governor on 3/12/20
S.2599An Act authorizing waiver of the one week waiting period for unemployment benefitsWaives one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits from the start of the current state of emergency until 90 days after its termination.
Signed by Governor on 3/18/20

 

PENDING LEGISLATION

Bill NumberBill TitleSummary
H.4571An Act designating September 14, 2020 as a legal holidayDesignates September 14, 2020 as a legal holiday. This was filed for the purpose of postponing the Boston Marathon.
H.4572An Act to address challenges in town governance resulting from COVID-19Provides flexible legislating and budgeting solutions for towns during the COVID-19 emergency.
HD.4926An Act Establishing the COVID-19 Quarantine Assistance FundWould establish a fund to assist residents of the Commonwealth who are unable to perform wage-earning services due to COVID-19 infection, quarantine, or isolation.
HD.4927An Act relative to emergency hazard health dutyWould allows public safety officials, who have been exposed to or contracted COVID-19, which exposure results in a period of hospitalization, quarantine, or require self-quarantine, to have their medical condition or incapacity to work presumed to be work-related.
HD.4928An Act relative to election emergenciesProvides the Secretary of State new authority to regulate elections during state/federal emergencies. This includes: postponing dates for elections (including municipal); providing new procedures for elections in emergencies; extending deadlines for election qualification requirements (i.e. signature collecting).
HD.4928An Act relative to election emergenciesExtension/delays shall not be longer than 45 days, but can be extended for an additional 45 days if needed. Requires the Secretary to adopt an elections emergency contingency plan that includes: procedures to notify the public about election delay/suspension; provide procedures in cases of election deadlines being postponed; provide local officials/voters alternate voting procedures in emergency situations.
HD.4935An Act Providing for a Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures During the COVID19 EmergencyWould put a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures as long as the State of Emergency is in place.
HD.4945An Act providing for emergency cash assistance in response to COVID-19Provides one-time $1000 cash assistance to Massachusetts households. Available to 1-2 person households who earn 84,000 or less annually; 3 person households earning $105,000 or less annually; and 4 or more person households earning $131,000 or less annually. Eligible households get an additional $500 per dependent. Based on prior year’s tax returns or, if household did not file taxes, other demonstration income as determined by DOR.
HD.4948An Act relative to the powers of city and town officials during a public health emergencyWould allow a mayor or board of selectmen to impose limitations on the operation of businesses within the city or town, including but not limited to limitations on business hours, operating procedures of types of businesses, and closing of types of businesses. This law would only apply under our current state of emergency.
HD.4949An Act providing worker compensation protection to emergency response and medical personnel related to COVID-19 infectionWould allow for emergency response and medical personnel to receive workers compensation if they are diagnosed with COVID-19
HD.4950An Act providing emergency access to equity and justice for all in response to COVID-19.Provides direct monthly cash assistance to families based on income levels. Families who make 300% or less of the poverty line would get $1500/plus $750 per dependent (income levels are 38,280 for family of 1; 51,720 for family of 2; 65,160 for family of 3; 78,600 for family of 4). Families who make 300-500% of poverty line would get $1000/plus $500 per dependent: 38,281 to 63,800 for family of 1; 51,729 to 86,200 for family of 2; 108,600 for family of 3; 131,000 for family of 4. Families who make 500% of poverty or above get $500/$250. Benefits would be accessed via an online portal or dial-in number created by DOR. Assistance will continue until state and
federal emergency status has been lifted.
HD.4951An Act to provide short-term relief for families in deep povertyWould provide one-time supplemental cash assistance of $17M to Massachusetts’ 30,000 families with children who receive Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) benefits and $6M for the 19,000 elders and persons with disabilities who receive benefits under the Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) program
HD.4955An Act providing for a MassHealth Expansion in response to COVID-19Extends MassHealth eligibility to those persons qualifying for unemployment benefits as a direct result of the State of Emergency declared on March 10, 2020.
HD.4956
An Act providing for a Rent Increase Freeze in response to COVID-19
Allows DHCD to place a freeze on rent increases for the duration of the State of Emergency.
HD.4957An Act Relative to the 2020 State Primary and General ElectionWould provide general eligibility to all voters for absentee balloting during the Tuesday, September 1, 2020 State Primary and Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election.
HD.4958An Act Relative to COVID-19 Emergency Unemployment Insurance Expansion
SD.2879Public Employee Sick Leave LegislationThe legislation will ultimately allow a state employee to donate sick time to another employee impacted by the COVID-19 disease, without going through the process of a legislative sick bank.

 

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