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Vermont Governor Phil Scott issues order extending statewide stay-at-home order through May 15

On April 10, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) extended the statewide stay-at-home order he originally passed at the end of March. The order was initially scheduled to expire on April 15, and will now remain in effect until May 15.

The new order allows lodging operations to begin accepting reservations occurring on or after June 15, 2020, and directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to extend vehicle inspections up to 60 days for inspections due in April.

Forty-three states have issued stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders to residents. Although the names of the orders—shelter-in-place, stay-at-home, stay home, stay safe—vary from state to state, they include at least two common elements: the closure of nonessential businesses and requesting all residents to stay home except for essential trips.

Connecticut governor issues executive order allowing grace period for rent due in April

On April 10, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) issued an executive order that allowed an automatic grace period for rent due in April and a 60 day grace period, upon request, for rent due in May. The order also prohibits landlords from serving “notice to quit” or “service of summary process” before July 1, with an exception for “serious nuisance.”

Ballotpedia is tracking state and local government actions suspending or modifying evictions and home foreclosures in response to the coronavirus pandemic

To date, thirty-one states have implemented policies related to evictions or foreclosures.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert issues executive order requiring out-of-state travelers to complete a travel declaration

On Wednesday, Gov. Gary Herbert (R) issued an executive order requiring all visitors over the age 18 who enter Utah through airports or roadways to complete a travel declaration within three hours of entering the state.

The order goes into effect Friday, April 7.

According to a press release put out by the Governor’s Office, a wireless emergency alert system will be used to send the travel declaration to travelers who cross into Utah. Drivers entering the state will automatically receive a text message with a link to the form. Travelers flying into Utah will receive a card with information to find the form online from airport employees.

The form asks travelers to list their recent travel, and if they have experienced any symptoms similar to those caused by COVID-19.

To date, eighteen states have issued executive orders on interstate travel restrictions. Utah is one of only seven states that has not issued a stay-at-home order.

Statewide filing deadline approaches in Michigan

The major party filing deadline to run for elected office in Michigan is on April 21, 2020. In Michigan, prospective candidates may file for the following offices:
• U.S. Senate (1 seat)
• U.S. House (all 14 seats)
• State Board of Education (2 seats)
• University of Michigan Board of Regents (2 seats)
• Michigan State University Board of Trustees (2 seats)
• Wayne State University Board of Governors (2 seats)
• Michigan House of Representatives (all 110 seats)

Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in the following areas:
• Wayne County, Michigan
• Detroit Public Schools Community District
• Dearborn Public Schools
• Ann Arbor Public Schools

The primary is scheduled for August 4, 2020, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

The filing deadline has so far been unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic. Ballotpedia is tracking changes in election dates, procedures, and administration.

Michigan’s statewide filing deadline is the 35th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on April 24 in Florida.

Michigan has a divided government, which means that no party holds a state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

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Rhode Island closes courts to non-emergency matters through May 17

On April 8, 2020, the Rhode Island state judiciary ordered that all courts would close to non-emergency matters through May 17, due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. The order also extends to eviction proceedings, and precludes new filings or hearings from being heard before May 17.

Ballotpedia is tracking how state courts are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

To date:
Thirty-four states have suspended in-person court proceedings statewide.
Sixteen states have suspended in-person court proceedings on the local level.

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State court closures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 2020

Georgia postpones primary a second time, to June 9, 2020

Today, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) announced the postponement of Georgia’s statewide and presidential primary elections to June 9, 2020. The primary runoff has been postponed to August 11, 2020.

The state had previously postponed its presidential primary to May 19, 2020, the original date of its statewide primary.

To date, 20 states have postponed upcoming state-level elections. In another five, states have taken action to postpone, or authorize the postponement of, municipal elections.

Ballotpedia provides comprehensive coverage on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting America’s political and civic life. Our coverage includes how federal, state, and local governments are responding, and the effects those responses are having on campaigns and elections.

Oregon ends its school year

On Wednesday afternoon, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) ordered schools to remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Before the announcement, schools were scheduled to be closed through April 28.

So far, 16 states have closed schools through the remainder of the academic year: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. Those states account for 35.6% of the 50.6 million public school students in the country.

Ballotpedia is providing comprehensive coverage on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting America’s political and civic life. Our coverage includes how federal, state, and local governments are responding, and the effects those responses are having on campaigns and elections.

New Jersey, Virginia postpone primary elections

On April 8, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) issued executive orders postponing their states’ respective primary elections. The New Jersey primary, originally scheduled for June 2, 2020, has been postponed to July 7, 2020. The Virginia primary, originally scheduled for June 9, 2020, has been postponed to June 23, 2020.

To date, 19 states and one territory have postponed upcoming state-level elections in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In another five states, officials at the state level have either directly postponed, or authorized the postponement of, municipal elections.

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Herbert appoints new Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) appointed Utah state representative Logan Wilde (R) to serve as Utah’s commissioner of agriculture and food on March 26. Wilde will fill the vacancy created when commissioner Kerry Gibson (R) resigned on January 14, 2020. Gibson resigned to run for Utah’s 1st Congressional District.

The commissioner oversees the Utah Department of Agriculture which promotes the interests and products of Utah agriculture and promotes methods for increasing production and facilitating the distribution of the agricultural products of the state, among other initiatives.

Wilde currently serves as a member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 53. He has served in the Utah House for seven years and is the vice chair of the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee. Wilde is also a member of the Utah Association of Conservation Districts.

Before joining the Utah State Legislature, Wilde served on the Morgan County Council, Weber-Morgan Health Department Board, and as a managing partner at M.R. Wilde and Sons.

The Utah State Senate is scheduled to review Wilde’s appointment during the state legislature’s interim session in May 2020.

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Kemp appoints superior court judge to Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) appointed Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin to serve on the Georgia Court of Appeals on March 26. Colvin was one of two judges recently appointed to fill vacancies on the appeals court. The other vacancy was created when Carla McMillian was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Gov. Nathan Deal (R) first appointed Colvin to the Macon Circuit of the 3rd Superior Court District of Georgia on March 24, 2014. Colvin won election to a full term on the bench after running unopposed in the general election on May 24, 2016. Prior to becoming a superior court judge, she was an attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Colvin received her undergraduate degree from Sweet Briar College and her J.D. from the University of Georgia. All three of Gov. Kemp’s judicial appointments last week were University of Georgia School of Law alumni.

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