The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life for the past several months, and updates from Congress have been constant. This type of rapidly changing information makes staying on top of legislative developments exhausting. So, the GAO has put together an updated legislative resources page focusing on information that may be of interest to the legal profession to help keep you informed.
Whether looking for information on small business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program or changes to mail-in voting rules and election procedures in your state, you can find relevant information on these and other issues in an all new policy action center created by the Governmental Affairs Office. The ABA COVID-19 Legislative Resource Center uses easy-to-read resource decks to break down the current coronavirus situation in a graphical format, letting you see the changing environment in a holistic view.
In addition to substantive information about legislative bills, there is also information highlighting changes to congressional procedures like proxy voting and legislative forecasts. If you are a solo practitioner, law firm, or bar association, look for the resources on small business loan programs, office re-opening guidelines, and state policy changes.
To access information straight from the federal government, we are proud to highlight information compiled by the Law Library of Congress (LLoC). Building on the LLoC’s new collaboration with the GAO’s award-winning Washington Letter publication, the ABA COVID-19 Legislative Resource Center will include relevant resources selected from Congress.gov. This section includes governmental information involving federal agencies, Presidential actions, and legislative updates. There is even information surrounding the social media habits of congressional leaders just for fun.
We will maintain this resource through the end of the legislative session and will update as needed. You can access the COVID-19 Resource Center by clicking here. For ongoing updates, follow the Governmental Affairs Office on Twitter @ABAGrassroots and LinkedIn.