Capitol to Capitol | May 10, 2021

5/10/2021

U.S. Treasury Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Guidance

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act. As part of the announcement, Treasury released an Interim Final Rule  and this fact sheet for the program that describes eligible uses of the funding to include revenue shortfalls.  

NCSL Contact: Erlinda Doherty

House Aims to Help Kids With Criminal Justice Reforms

On April 30, a trio of House members introduced a package of bills to address the needs of children in the criminal justice system. The goal is to fundamentally change the way in which children are treated in the federal system and to provide a model for states. Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced HR 2908, which seeks to amend Title 18 of the United States Code to prohibit juvenile offenders under age 13 from being prosecuted, to raise the age at which children can be prosecuted as adults to 16 from 15, and to prohibit placement of children in adult federal correctional facilities. The bill also seeks to amend Title IV of the Social Security Act to allow the secretary of Health and Human Services to award competitive grants to enhance collaboration between state child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Representative Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) introduced HR 2858, which would ban life without parole for juvenile offenders and would permit judicial discretion in sentencing sex crime victims who commit crimes against their abusers. Representative Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) introduced HR 2834, the “Miranda Rights for Kids Act,” which would protect minors from premature waiver of their constitutional rights during custodial interrogations and require that children consult with legal counsel before being interrogated by law enforcement. Read more.

NCSL Contact: Susan Frederick

NCSL Co-Hosts Hill Briefing on Policing Reform

Watch a recording or read a quick recap in the NCSL Blog. Read more.

New Policy to Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs in the Marketplace

In addition to lowering costs, the policy will allow for greater flexibility for those who need health care coverage at different points in the year. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Haley Nicholson and Margaret Wile

DOL Rescinds Proposed Gig Worker Rule

On May 5, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule to rescind a Trump-era regulation that had been proposed to make it easier for businesses to legally classify independent contractors as workers and would have helped preserve the workforce model of companies such as Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc. and Instacart. The DOL reports this rollback was necessary to broadly extend wage protections for workers and help prevent employer abuses. Read more.

NCSL Contact: Jon Jukuri

HHS Announces New Program Covering Cost of COVID-19 Vaccines

The new program, administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration, will cover the costs of administering COVID-19 vaccines to individuals enrolled in health plans that either do not cover vaccination fees or offer them with a patient cost-sharing requirement. The program is the HRSA COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Haley Nicholson and Margaret Wile

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NCSL's Advocacy in Washington

NCSL’s Washington staff advocates on behalf of state legislatures before Congress, the White House and federal agencies in accord with the policy directives and resolutions that are recommended by the NCSL Standing Committees and adopted by the full conference at the annual NCSL Legislative Summit Business Meeting. As a result of the advocacy that is guided by these policies’ positions, NCSL is recognized as a formidable lobbying force in state-federal relations.

NCSL Staff in Washington, D.C.

  • Molly Ramsdell | 202-624-3584 | Director
  • Erlinda Doherty | 202-624-8698 | Budgets and Revenue
  • Susan Frederick | 202-624-3566 | Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety
  • Abbie Gruwell 202-624-3569 | Commerce and Financial Services
  • Ben Husch | 202-624-7779 | Natural Resources and Infrastructure 
  • Jon Jukuri  | 202-624-8663 | Labor, Economic Development and International Trade
  • Haley Nicholson | 202-624-8662 | Health
  • Margaret Wile | 202-624-8171 | Human Services
  • Austin Reid | 202-624-8678 | Education