GOP ends COVID emergency in Kansas; Kelly sees ‘obstruction’
This morning, Senate President Ty Masterson announced the cancellation the Legislative Coordinating Council meeting. A law enacted in late March required the legislative leaders to sign off on an extension. Masterson’s announcement means that the state of emergency will expire at the end of June 15, 2021. It’s been in place since March 2020.
“At last month’s LCC meeting, a majority of legislative leaders made it clear that June 15th was likely to be the end of the state of emergency – that after 15 months, it is time for Kansas to return to normal. As such, the LCC recommended the governor develop an exit strategy to end the emergency – however, after reviewing the governor’s letter, it appears the governor opted for an extension strategy.
“The legislature and the LCC have granted the governor every extension request over the last year, but the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 no longer necessitate a statewide disaster emergency. The governor has not provided adequate justification for the LCC to grant her request for yet another extension, and all remaining efforts related to COVID-19 can and should take place under our normal procedures. As such, the statewide disaster emergency will expire as planned.”
Lawrence said Kelly will find ways to keep addressing COVID-19. Top Republicans said she could manage the winding down of Kansas’ response without a state of emergency.
The Debate of an Extension
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