TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers have been transferring shortly on laws that might prolong the state’s COVID-19 emergency declaration earlier than it expires on Jan. 26.
“I’ve not seen, and I don’t suppose we’ve seen earlier than, a invoice that moved with such expediency,” stated Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas Metropolis. “I daresay it’s irregular and it lends a sure query as to how pretty it may be deliberated and regarded. This can be a very essential subject when it comes to the general public well being.”
The non permanent payments transferring within the state Senate and Home take care of COVID-19-related provisions that impression the coronavirus response, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Each have had public hearings and handed out of committee within the first week of the session.
The payments prolong laws handed final yr outlining non permanent modifications in legislation in response to the coronavirus pandemic. These embody permitting institutions to supply to-go alcohol, increasing using telemedicine and including flexibility in well being care licensing.
They goal to make sure continuity till lawmakers resolve later within the session what precisely ought to be carried out in response to COVID-19 and methods to oversee the governor throughout a long-term emergency just like the pandemic.