On March 25, 2020, Governor Pete Ricketts signed into law LB 1198, a bill releasing over $83 million to the Governor’s Emergency Cash Fund, in an effort to battle to ongoing fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. This emergency funding package will aid in:

  • Purchasing personal protective equipment, or “PPE,” for those responding to the COVID-19 outbreak in Nebraska;
  • Ramping up staffing, call center operations, and IT infrastructure for Local Public Health Departments;
  • Expanding staffing and resources of the State’s Public Health team, furthering its ability to conduct essential activities such as testing and contact tracing;
  • Providing overtime and greater staffing at veterans’ homes and state care facilities;
  • Paying for equipment and systems at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (“UNMC”), including reagents, lab personnel, and equipment intended to expand COVID-19 testing capabilities; and
  • Providing a flexible source of funding to ensure that the State has the resources it needs going forward as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.

The Governor signed LB 1198 into law the same day as his executive order preventing evictions of Nebraskans significantly impacted by COVID-19, which you can read about here.

 

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