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Legislative Tracker

UNA is currently monitoring the following bills:

  1. Federal S. 4209: Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act

Summary: A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators seeks to pass a bill to fix the recent unemployment insurance (UI) guidance set in place by the Department of Labor after passage of the CARES act, that mandated reimbursable employers--that includes some nonprofits--pay their respective states 100% of the cost of their monthly UI bills received during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic before applying to being reimbursed for 50% of the cost of those bills. This legislation would allow nonprofits to only pay 50% of their monthly UI bill, with the federal government covering the other 50%, thus lowering some administrative and budget burdens for nonprofits.

Nonprofit Impact: Nonprofits that have elected to be a reimbursable employer will be relieved of having to cover the total cost of their former employees' monthly UI bills and thus be able to use those 50% savings to hopefully cover the costs of staying open after having let go of some employees since the start of the pandemic.

UNA Action: Working to convince Senators Lee and Romney to support this bill.

Status: Passed; Signed by the President - 8/3/2020

2. Federal S. 4032/H.R. 7324: Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act

Summary: A group of bipartisan Senators, including Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), seek to pass a bill that would expand the above-the-line charitable tax deduction, that was first passed with the CARES act, to incentivize giving. If passed, the above-the-line charitable tax deduction would increase from the current $300 available to those claiming a standard deduction for their taxes, to 1/3 of the federal standard deduction.

Nonprofit Impact: With an expanded charitable tax deduction for people claiming a standard deduction for tax purposes, there is more incentive for people to give to nonprofits, boosting nonprofit revenue during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

UNA Action: Working with Senator Lee's office to promote passage of the bill.

Status: Presented in the Senate - 06/22/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

3. State S.B. 5005: Rent and Mortgage Assistance Amendments

Summary: Immediately makes available to individuals/families affected by COVID-19. rent and mortgage assistance, instead of having to wait until August for it. It also modifies the requirements for businesses and nonprofits seeking help from the state's commercial rent assistance program, providing more flexibility, time, and money. 

Nonprofit Impact: Nonprofits that have seen a significant drop in revenue, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, can apply for rental assistance and receive money to cover up to 2 months of rent. 

UNA Action: Monitoring

Status: PASSED

4. State H.B. 5010: COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program

Summary: Creates grant programs for nonprofit and for-profit arts and cultural organizations, institutions of higher learning, and businesses affected by COVID-19. It also sets aside money for public outreach and education, encouraging compliance with health guidelines and receive health care.

Nonprofit Impact: Arts and cultural nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible to receive a grant through the Division of Arts and Museums to cover the cost of keeping themselves open and pay for supplies. 

UNA Action: Monitoring

Status: PASSED

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