Oklahoma House Reps. issue Friday update on Coronavirus
OKLAHOMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
- As a reminder, the state House will continue working remotely next week, from March 30 to April 3. The House will remain OPEN at this time but won’t be working from inside the Capitol. No committee or floor activity is planned next week.
- The U.S. House votes today on the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, which is expected to be signed immediately by the president after House passage.
- Upon passage, a campaign to educate and engage the public on what the bill means for them will be launched by federal officials.
- A good summary of what the sweeping bill means for state governments can be found here: https://www.ncsl.org/ncsl-in-dc/publications-and-resources/coronavirus-stimulus-bill-states.aspx
- In addition to the individual and business relief measures in the bill, relief money will be available to state, local and tribal governments for:
- Public health
- Disaster relief
- National Guard deployments
- Transit, including rural transit
- Election security
- Unemployment insurance
- Economic revitalization
- Housing, childcare and food banks and more
EXECUTIVE ORDER ENFORCEMENT
- It is being left up to city and county officials to enforce the governor’s coronavirus executive orders, including temporary orders for vulnerable populations to stay at home and nonessential businesses to close.
- Local officials can enforce the order as they see fit. Governor Stitt has said he believes Oklahomans are complying and he is not worried about violations being a problem.
- Violations of the orders can be misdemeanors.
- Federal officials have extended the deadline for states to comply with real I.D. by a year, from Oct. 1, 2020 to Oct. 1, 2021.
- Oklahoma’s efforts to roll out real I.D. compliant drivers licenses have been interrupted by coronavirus response and will resume when possible.
- Oklahoma businesses interested in learning more about Small Business Administration disaster loans available through the federal relief bill should register for conference calls with the Oklahoma Commerce Department next week. Registration is available here: https://www.okcommerce.gov/oklahoma-small-business-teleconference-sba-economic-injury-disaster-loan-application-and-program/
SCHOOLS / AP TESTING
- While mandatory statewide testing has been waived in public schools this year, advanced placement tests are still available for high school students seeking college credit. The College Board is offering AP testing online. More information can be found here: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates