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Gov. Reynolds signs legislation to fund key services, combat COVID19 spread 

This news story was published on March 18, 2020.
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Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF 2408, legislation that creates emergency measures and supplemental appropriations for key government services to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“Every Iowan has a role to play in limiting and mitigating the spread of COVID-19. These measures will fund core services and also give schools the flexibility to keep their students safe.” said Gov. Reynolds. “I appreciate lawmakers working together on legislation that funds key government services and additional emergency measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.”

SF 2408 Supplemental appropriations and emergency measurers

  • Supplemental appropriations for Medicaid ($88.98 million)
  • Supplemental appropriations other health programs ($1.8 million)
  • Supplemental appropriations for state hygienic lab ($525,000).
  • Limits some standing appropriations (non-public school transportation, instructional support, AEA funding).
  • Requires DOM and the LSA to review FY 2020 appropriations and to make appropriations for the first two months of FY 2021.
  • Transfers: Includes exemptions from transfer rules. EEF: Makes emergency appropriations from the EEF of up to 10% to the DOM for purposes approved by the Governor, through August 31. Includes various repeal dates. Schools: Authorizes the Governor to waive school instructional time requirements for schools that close due to the COVID-19 virus.

SF 2408 can be viewed here.

Governor Kim Reynolds held a press conference yesterday to provide an update to the state of Iowa on current 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigation efforts. That press conference can be viewed in its entirety, here.

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One Response to Gov. Reynolds signs legislation to fund key services, combat COVID19 spread 

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 18, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Ms. Reynolds there’s chatter about the school year has most likely come to an end. A parent almost needs to be home now.