Kansas legislators vote to extend state of emergency two months

Capitol Bureau

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Legislators at the Kansas House of Representatives have voted Thursday to extend Kansas’ coronavirus state of emergency until March 31.

Kansas has been in a state of emergency because of the coronavirus since March 2020. With it, the state can get federal funding, and changes like to-go alcohol and professional license suspensions would be extended.

The bill would also put a greater restriction on the governor from closing businesses, churches, or preventing other activities. The bill goes to Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s desk next before going into effect.

Lawmakers said the the bill gives them time to work on what they want to do next.

“It gives us a little over two months to work on some permanent changes and so I do think it’s a good compromise. We’ll get to work on whatever those changes are immediately, and if we don’t make it, we may have to ask for an extension again, but my hope is we can have some stuff ready before then,” said Topeka Representative Fred Patton.

View the whole COVID-19 bill that just passed in the Kansas House here:

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