EAST ORANGE / ORANGE, NJ) - Curious about foreclosure and evictions during COVID? School lunches? Working from home? The digital divide? Voting by mail? Upcoming elections? TAPinto has neatly compiled all the laws that address these issues and more happening in the state as it relates to COVID-19.
The purpose of this article is for our readers to always be informed about the facts of what is happening in our state during this very unusual high anxiety filled time. This article will often be updated as more laws, executive orders, and processes are enacted.
- On Monday, in response to COVID-19, a package of emergency bills were voted on by the NJ State Assembly and on Thursday by the Senate.
Emergency Assembly Bill Description
*The Assembly bill numbers with stars next to them represent bills District 34 Assembly Members Thomas P. Giblin and/or Britnee N. Timberlake who represent both East Orange and Orange as well as Clifton and Montclair were either sponsors or co-sponsors of.
Permits use of virtual or remote instruction to meet minimum 180-day school year requirement under certain circumstances.
Requires insurers writing homeowners insurance policies in the State to offer certain coverage for heating oil tanks.
Requires school districts to provide school meals or meal vouchers to students eligible for free and reduced price school meals during school closures due to COVID-19 epidemic.
Automatically extends time to file gross income tax or corporation business tax return if federal government extends filing or payment due date for federal returns.
Establishes Bridging the Digital Divide in Schools Grant Program in DOE to provide and expand access to technology and equipment for students in certain school districts.
Requires health insurance and Medicaid coverage for testing of coronavirus disease 2019 and for telemedicine and telehealth during coronavirus disease 2019 state of emergency.
Authorizes EDA to make grants during periods of emergency declared by Governor and for duration of economic disruptions due to emergency; allows EDA to grant certain business documentation submission deadline extensions.
Provides paid leave without utilizing accumulated leave time for local government employees under certain circumstances.
Concerns time off from work in connection with infectious disease.
Allows public bodies to conduct meetings, and provide notice, by electronic means during periods of emergency.
Permits extension of deadlines for adoption of county and municipal budgets under certain circumstances.
Allows conduct of State business and legislative sessions at locations other than Trenton during periods of emergency or other exigency; allows conduct of legislative business using electronic means.
Authorizes all licensed health care facilities and laboratories to collect specimens to test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); allows waiver of staffing ratio requirements.
Requires food access information be displayed on websites of 2-1-1 system and executive branch departments during public health emergencies to the extent practicable.
Makes FY 2020 supplemental appropriation of $10 million for healthcare and residential facility sanitation due to coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak.
Makes FY 2020 supplemental appropriations of $15 million for grants to food banks.
Requires Commissioner of Human Services to issue supplemental cash assistance payments to Work First New Jersey recipients under certain circumstances; makes appropriation.
Concerns prohibition of residential tenant eviction and eviction due to residential foreclosure during certain emergency circumstances.
Establishes certain requirements to use telemedicine and telehealth to respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Permits corporations to hold shareholders’ meetings in part or solely by means of remote communication during state of emergency.
Permits professional and occupational licensing boards to expedite licensure of certain individuals during state of emergency or public health emergency.
Extends petition filing deadline by two weeks for all candidates, and waives signature requirements for candidates for party office, for 2020 primary election.
Authorizes Notaries Public to Perform Certain Notarial Acts Remotely."
Limits return of items purchased from retail food stores under certain circumstances.
Urges DHS to apply for federal waivers to facilitate and increase access to SNAP benefits during coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak.
Urges FCC to take temporary measures to secure broadband access for those affected by COVID-19.
- A COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Site at Bergen Community College in Paramus is now open. The testing site, established in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be staffed by the New Jersey Department of Health, the New Jersey State Police, and the New Jersey National Guard. Beginning on Friday, March 20th, the drive-thru testing center will be open seven days per week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In order to be eligible for testing, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever (99.6F or above) and shortness of breath.
- For businesses with an immediate financial need, the U.S. Small Business Administration is providing loans to New Jersey businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Yesterday, Governor Philip D. Murphy, not only signed the above bills into law, he also announced more executive orders. Among the executive orders are new rules for social distancing that were expanded upon his March 16th rules. Now included in closures are barber shops, nail, and beauty salons.
Governor Philip D. Murphy's Executive Orders regarding COVID-19:
Executive Order (EO) Description
Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Establishing Coronavirus Task Force 2020/02/03
Governor Murphy declares a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency, effective immediately 2020/03/09
Governor Murphy Announces Aggressive Social Distancing Measures to Mitigate Further Spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey2020/03/16
Governor Murphy Announces Changes to Upcoming New Jersey Elections in Response to COVID-19 2020/03/19
Governor Murphy Enacts Moratorium on Removals of Individuals Due to Evictions or Foreclosures 2020/03/19
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