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Dec 28

December 22, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #160

Posted on December 28, 2020 at 11:14 AM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


How did cities do under the new federal COVID-19 relief bill that passed Congress?


Cities did not receive substantial new relief funding as was hoped. Perhaps the most useful element of the bill for cities is a one-year (until December 31, 2021) extension for states and localities to spend CARES Act funds (it does not, however, expand the possible usage categories for those funds). See the attached for a summary of what appears to be in the bill (the actual bill is thousands of pages long; we’ll update if we find something new or different from what has been reported).


Are there newly filed state bills related to Coronavirus?


Yes, the following bill for the 2021 legislative session has been filed since we last reported.


S.B. 239 (Powell) – Disaster Educational Materials: would: (1) require the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to develop and implement a disease prevention information system for dissemination of immunization information during a declared state of disaster or local state of disaster; and (2) provide that during a declared state of disaster or local state of disaster, DSHS shall ensure that educational materials regarding immunizations are available to local health authorities in this state for distribution to certain organizations.


Further Updates


Can we expect another Update on Christmas Eve?

No. We are giving you a break from city-related COVID-19 news on Thursday. We're grateful to you for your work and dedication to Texas cities during this especially challenging year, and wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday. Look for the next Coronavirus Update on Tuesday, December 29.


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


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