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Louisiana's Legislature gave final approval yesterday to send $250 coronavirus checks to many of the state's front-line workers who stayed on the job early in the pandemic.

House Bill 70 by Rep. Sam Jenkins, D-Shreveport, now moves to Gov. John Bel Edwards' desk, where he is expected to sign the bill into law. Everyone from grocery workers to first-responders and others who continued working during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic and who earn $50,000 a year or less would be eligible for the one-time payment.

Jenkins' bill would fund the payments by carving out $50 million from $1.8 billion the state received from the CARES Act passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.

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