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Dec 10

December 10, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #156

Posted on December 10, 2020 at 11:33 AM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


What is the latest news on the prospects for a federal Coronavirus stimulus bill this year that would benefit cities?


According to our advocacy partners at the National League of Cities, Senate leadership is considering trading away any new city funding support in exchange for dropping efforts to increase liability protections in the next bill. This trade-off is based on an incorrect belief by some senators that the nation’s cities are financially healthy. 


The takeaway? If your city is suffering financial effects from Coronavirus, now is the time to contact Senators Cornyn and Cruz to explain the state of your city’s finances and to continue to urge them to include state and local government aid in the next stimulus bill.


Are there new pre-filed bills at the Texas Capitol related to Coronavirus that would affect Texas cities?


Yes, the following bill has been filed since last week:


H.J.R. 42 (Toth) – Governor’s Authority in a Disaster: would amend the Texas Constitution to: (1) prohibit the governor from issuing an order or proclamation that violates or suspends constitutional rights; (2) provide that a state of disaster or emergency declared by the governor may not continue for more than 30 days unless it is renewed or extended by the legislature; (3) require the governor to convene the legislature in special session when the governor proposes to renew an order or proclamation declaring a state of disaster or emergency; (4) provide that in a special session convened under (3), above, the legislature may: (a) renew or extend the state of disaster or emergency; (b) respond to the state of disaster or emergency by passing or suspending laws related to the state of disaster or emergency; and (c) consider any other subjects stated in the governor’s proclamation convening the special session.


Further Updates


How can we apply what we’ve learned from COVID-19 to build resiliency?


Faculty from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin have published a toolkit on the COVID-19 crisis titled Resiliency in the Age of COVID-19.” The toolkit is a collection of 18 articles designed to give policymakers the knowledge and solutions to tackle the pandemic’s challenges. The articles are rooted in the principle of resiliency which is used to describe how a community of any size copes with crises like pandemics, natural disasters, and economic shocks. Solutions in the toolkit build this capacity through recommendations such as scenario planning, increased public engagement, improved capacity building and partnerships, and more. Access the free toolkit here.


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.