On May 6th, the Legislative Coordinating Council met to decide the fate of the 2020 legislative session. This panel, chaired by Speaker Ryckman with Senate President Wagle, Majority Leader Denning, Minority Leader Hensley, Rep. Finch, Rep. Hawkins And Rep. Sawyer, decided to return for a single day of Veto Session on May 21st. See; https://www.thekansan.com/news/20200506/kansas-legislature-to-return-for-one-day-to-finalize-work-with-focus-on-covid-19
Disagreement with that decision was brought by Senate President Wagle and Majority Leader Denning, both of whom favored a three-day veto session. Their goal was to pass legislation to provide oversight on the $1.2 billion CARES act federal funds, implement changes to the emergency management act and provide liability protection for businesses dealing with COVID-19. See; https://twitter.com/JimDenning4KS/status/1258473610664173568/photo/1
The LCC voted down the three-day proposal, as the majority of the committee felt these issues needed more vetting and did not want to rush legislation that could have unintended consequences. The LCC then decided to return on May 21, Sine Die for a one-day veto session. In response, senate leadership directed four committees to begin meeting as soon as possible: Judiciary, Commerce, Tax, and Financial Institutions and Insurance. The idea is to have proposed legislation vetted and in a position to be voted on May 21st.
Senate Judiciary Committee will meet for three consecutive days beginning on May 18th. These meeting will be in-person and held in the Old Supreme Courtroom on the third floor of the Capitol starting at 9:30 a.m.
House Judiciary Committee will meet via Zoom, streamed through YouTube, on May 13th, May 15th and May 18th. Meetings will begin at 3:30 p.m. The House will take a broader look at the COVID-19 issues at play, discuss emergency management authority and deal with the KORA exceptions bill from the regular session.
Of interest to the KBA is a COVID-19 liability proposal. The idea has been moving throughout the states and would provide businesses that are now reopening protection from COVID-19 related lawsuits. The KBA has been invited and plans to participate in both committee meetings.