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COVID-19 and Legislation in the States

by Content Team, FiscalNote

While much of the attention has been on the federal stimulus bill, state governments are working hard to introduce and implement legislation at the state and local levels to mitigate the risks associated with this fast-moving virus.

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With the mainstream news on the crisis changing every hour, state governments across the country have shifted their focus from regular legislative business to managing the spread of the virus and supporting the infrastructure that protects their citizens.

As of March 17, a total of 27 states had introduced legislation to combat the spread and effects of COVID-19.

Below is a graphic from the FiscalNote platform to show which states have introduced related legislation.

To date, many states have still not introduced legislation to manage the fallout of COVID-19. 

Of the bills that have been introduced, the vast majority relate to appropriations and funding across a variety of different industries. 

How are those bills progressing?

Of the 27 states that have, 89 state-wide bills are sitting at various stages of the legislative process.

The graphic below, also pulled from the FiscalNote platform, shows where these different pieces of legislation are in their lifecycle, with the majority still in the introduced phase.

Who is moving fast?

Not all states are moving at the same speed when it comes to dealing with COVID-19 legislation. 

The image below shows which states have the most COVID-19 state-level legislation, with the darker the shade, the more bills that are currently on the slate in that state. 

As this continues to be an ongoing crisis, the number of bills being introduced across the states related to the virus is changing daily.

Note: This information is up-to-date as of March 17th 

FiscalNote is monitoring the legislation and actions of lawmakers in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak at federal, state and local level. 

If you would like to see the full landscape of what COVID-19 legislation is happening across the country click here to request a demo of FiscalNote State. 

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