Ryan Kriegshauser, an lawyer for the health studio’s proprietor, mentioned the overall that might be put aside nonetheless is “a transferring goal,” however might attain $540 million.
“Most of the people relied on these companies to close down at a selected affect to them, at their expense, and so most people ought to compensate them for it,” Kriegshauser informed the committee final week.
The Republican-controlled Legislature’s discussions about compensating companies comes after a pointy drop in COVID-19 circumstances at the beginning of spring. Kansas averaged 248 new confirmed and possible circumstances a day for the seven days ending Monday, in accordance with state well being division information, similar to numbers in late June 2020.
The state added solely 429 circumstances since Friday to its complete for the pandemic, bringing the quantity to 301,862. It additionally reported 11 extra deaths to convey the overall to 4,902.
And in Shawnee County, house to Topeka, county commissioners voted Monday to let any enterprise, church or particular person choose out of the county’s masks mandate, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Sedgwick County, house to the state’s largest metropolis of Wichita, ended its masks mandate final week.
GOP legislators have criticized Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly for imposing a statewide stay-at-home order for 5 weeks final spring and following up with completely different reopening guidelines for various varieties of companies. Schmidt, a Republican who’s running for governor in 2022, has questioned Kelly’s actions. His workplace would deal with claims underneath the proposal.