Today, the Governor announced a new process for regional variances, which will allow a majority of counties in the state to move further into stage two of California’s roadmap to modify the stay-at-home order. The Governor detailed what metrics counties will need to attest to in order to qualify for these regional variances. Additionally, the Governor explained in the coming weeks, he will make further significant changes to the stay-at-home order, allowing for hair salons to re-open along with houses of worship with modifications. The Governor also announced the prospect of allowing sporting events to resume the first week of June without fans. Notes attached from today’s press conference. U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) formally introduced the bipartisan State and Municipal Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Act. This legislation aims to deliver critical, federal relief and funding to cities, towns, villages on the frontlines of America’s response to and recovery from COVID-19 by establishing a $500 billion fund to help local governments address the impact of COVID-19. NLC issued this statement on the legislation. This bill is the first bipartisan effort in the Senate, with three Republican and three Democrats on the bill for the introduction, with the possibility of adding more cosponsors soon. This legislation is one of many being proposed to assist with the COVID-19 crisis and will help continue to push the conversation at the federal level about the need for local government funding.