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PA Lawmakers ramp up proposals to deal with novel coronavirus fallout

State lawmakers working to stay ahead of COVID-19 are introducing legislation to address emergency funding, unemployment and sick leave pay among other measures.
Credit: WPMT

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — The Pennsylvania General Assembly is drafting legislation to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Here is an overview of what they are working on so far:

Student Loans:
Emergency Student Loan Repayment Grace Period 

Workers Rights:
Protecting Workers During Public Health Emergencies 

Protecting the Public by Providing Unemployment Compensation During Extended Mandatory Quarantines

Small Businesses:
Small Business Disaster and Emergency Relief 

Small business emergency assistance 

Unemployment Compensation for Small Business Owners- Waiver Request

Providing Assistance for Business Interruptions due to COVID-19 

Protecting tenants during COVID-19 pandemic

Emergency funds for vote-by-mail - HB2367 

Allowing for Early Counting of Mail-in and Absentee Ballots 

Partial HIPAA Privacy Rule Suspension During Coronavirus National Emergency 

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Emergency Sick Leave for Pennsylvania Workers 

Suspending the collection of sales tax and personal income tax during the declaration of disaster emergency

Extension for Filing State Income Tax Returns and Payments due to COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease and Schools: Increasing School Instructional Time 

Coronavirus Disease and Schools: Allowing for Online Instruction 

Prorated Refunds for Room and Board