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Legal Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

URL: https://libguides.law.ucla.edu/coronavirus

Introduction

Many units of government at all levels (federal, state, and local) have issued, and continue to issue, legal responses to the coronavirus epidemic, and some states have laws pre-dating the epidemic but that have become more relevant, such as quarantine statutes and requirements for paid sick leave.  This goal of this guide is to provide links to primary sources and high-quality summaries to these.  At the federal agency level, this guide focuses on agencies related to the provision of healthcare.  This guide highlights summaries of state laws across the states, and additionally provides information on California state and local responses.  This guide also highlights a small number of current awareness sources for tracking legal and policy responses.

Federal: Administrative Agencies

In addition to the above, to see all federal agency issuances, the Federal Register is available and up to date online free at federalregister.gov   Search by agency option is available through the "Advanced Document Search" under the Search tab, or as a filter after searching.  The word "coronavirus" seems to pull up more results than the term "covid," but the website supports an OR search for both terms.  

Federal: Public Laws

Federal: Legislation in Progress

Below is a selection of federal legislation related to coronavirus.  For a more complete search of bills, the Law Library of Congress has developed a broad search as a starting place. govinfo.gov also has a list of legislative documents, including a suggested search for remarks by Congress persons in the Congressional Record.

Federal: Presidential Documents

Presidential documents are available in the Federal Register, which is available and up to date online free at federalregister.gov   Users may filter for presidential documents in the "Advanced Document Search" under the Search tab, or as a filter after searching.  The word "coronavirus" seems to pull up more results than the term "covid," but the website supports an OR search for both terms.  govinfo.gov also has suggested searches for presidential documents in both the Federal Register and the Compilation of Presidential Documents

50 State Surveys

California: State

California: Los Angeles

Selected Other Jurisdictions