Gov. Kelly has revealed her plans to extend the state of emergency regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
Topeka, KS – According to the statement, Gov. Kelly said that she would be asking the Kansas Legislative Coordinating Council for an extension.
Senate Bill 273 is preventing the governor to issue the state of emergency extension herself.
The bill limited the governor’s powers in response to the pandemic and added the council into the decision-making equation.
The state of emergency lets the state’s emergency management center coordinate efforts on coronavirus.
The state of emergency also allows the governor’s executive orders to stay in place. Some people are worried that if the state ends the disaster declaration, federal dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could stop coming into the state, but that’s unclear.