PPATEC Health & Safety Plan Now Available
PPATEC in-person training activity will resume on June 16 under a modified structure. A Health and Safety Plan has been created using PA Department of Education guidance for resuming in-person instruction at postsecondary education institutions….

DCED Guidance Now Available For $225 Million COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Grants
On June 11, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that program guidelines and additional details for the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Grants are now available on DCED’s website….

Federal Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act Webinar June 16 
On June 5 the President signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. The purpose behind the Flexibility Act was to help businesses by providing a greater opportunity to seek PPP forgiveness….

Reminder: Annual Hazmat Transportation Registration Renewal Deadline is July 1, 2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requires both hazardous material transporters and those who offer hazardous materials to common carriers for shipment to register and pay a fee each year in return for a certificate of authority to operate in both intrastate and interstate commerce….

FMCSA Issues Waiver Expanding Drug Testing Exception for Furloughed Drivers
On Tuesday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a waiver extending from 30 days to 90 days, the period under which drivers qualify for pre-employment testing exception under FMCSA regulations….

U.S. Treasury Secretary Reaffirms PPP Borrowers Names Will Remain Confidential
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week during a U.S. Senate Small Business Committee hearing that the administration does not plan to release the names of borrowers or the amounts received under the PPP because this information is “proprietary” and “confidential.”….

Federal Reserve Expands the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP)
Last week, the Federal Reserve announced an expansion of the MSLP to allow more small and mid-sized businesses to be eligible for financial support….

Republican U.S. Senators Drafting Bill To Expand Business Liability Protections
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) are working on legislation to expand liability protections for businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic….

U.S. Senate Holds Hearing on Unemployment Insurance During The Health Pandemic
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled “Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19: The CARES Act and the Role of Unemployment Insurance During the Pandemic.”….

U.S. House Holds Hearing On COVID-19 Impact On Transportation Workers
Last week, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing titled: “On the Front Lines: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Transportation Workers.”….

U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee To Markup Highway Reauthorization Bill
The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee will markup the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act,” or “INVEST in America Act” next Wednesday, with a House vote on the legislation July 1 or 2….

General Motors CEO Says Full Switch to EVs Will Take Decades
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra recently announced that she believes it will take several decades for electric vehicles (EVs) to replace traditional internal combustion engine vehicles….

PA House Republicans Move Bill Blocking DEP From Enacting Carbon Pollution Reduction Programs
On June 9, Republicans on the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee amended and reported out House Bill 2025 (Struzzi-R-Indiana) which would block DEP’s efforts to adopt carbon pollution reduction programs for power plants through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the northeast Regional Transportation Initiative….

PA Capitol & COVID-19 Weekly Report: Effort To End COVID-19 Emergency Will Provide Civics Lesson
Senate and House Republican efforts to end Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency declaration will provide a civics lesson that is far from academic on the three branches of government as the issue moved to Commonwealth Court and the PA Supreme Court last week….

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