Senate HEALS Act Proposal: Key Provisions of Interest to Ohio’s Economic Developers

Details about the Senate’s approach to a second coronavirus relief package, titled the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability, and Schools Act or HEALS Act, have been released but federal lawmakers and interested parties are still scrambling to understand what is included in the $1 trillion stimulus package.

Senate Republicans have said they are hesitant to endorse the package until they have more time to vet the bill’s provisions.  A number of items which are seemingly unrelated to coronavirus relief, such as $1.75 billion for a new FBI building, have made Senate Republicans hesitant to endorse the measures.  The feasibility of certain provisions, such as basing the among of stimulus payments on a yet to be create system that will have to coordinate with individual state unemployment offices, have also drawn concerns.

Public Meetings

The Ohio Legislature passed a bill on March 25 (HB 197) that will address many challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis, especially public meetings, and will likely allow public entities to meet remotely provided there is sufficient public access to video or telephone...

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Job Search

Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis....

Stay At Home Order

On March 22, 2020 Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton signed a Health Director’s order he referred to as a “stay at home” order, essentially a shelter in place order as seen in other states. Certain businesses are exempt...

Federal News & Resources

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act On March 6, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law H.R.6074 – Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, an $8 billion emergency funding measure for...