Last week, Gov. Laura Kelly (D-Topeka) extended the State of Emergency for the State of Kansas until May 15th. The State Finance Council can extend this emergency declaration for another 30 days if needed. In conjunction with this new emergency order, EO 20-28, Gov. Kelly reissued all previously approved executive orders:
https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/EO-20-28-Reissuing-and-Extending-Certain-EOs.pdf (use of audio visual technology for notaries and witnesses is extended in Section 1(l) of EO 20-28). EO 20-28 provides some clarity and stability as Kansas transitions from a “stay at home” phase to Phase 1 of reopening.
The Phase 1 plan can be reviewed here - https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/EO-20-29-Implementing-Phase-One-of-Ad-Astra-Plan.pdf
See also; https://www.wibw.com/content/news/WATCH-LIVE-Gov-Laura-Kelly-daily-COVID-19-news-conference-set-for-200-pm-570046811.html
Once Gov. Kelly extended the State of Emergency, the Kansas Judicial Branch extended its Administrative Orders. Chief Justice Marla Luckert issued six new administrative orders on May 1 that updated directions to state courts and court users as the state slowly reopens, following the plan outlined by the governor. The orders continue some of the strategies put in place at the beginning of this pandemic response and provide updated guidance for gradually reopening state courts and increasing the number and types of service delivered the people of Kansas.
State courts have been operating in a limited capacity since March 18 under earlier Supreme Court orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Courts initially were restricted to only essential functions, but were later permitted to perform additional functions, to the extent local resources and circumstances allowed.
Essential functions generally include:
- determining probable cause for persons arrested without a warrant;
- first appearances;
- bond hearings;
- warrants for adults and juveniles;
- juvenile detention hearings;
- care and treatment emergency orders;
- protection from abuse and protection from stalking temporary orders;
- child in need of care hearings and orders;
- commitment of sexually violent predators; and
- isolation and quarantine hearings and orders.
05-01-20: 2020-PR-049: Relating to District Court Operations in Counties Affected by a Stay-at-Home Order or Subject to a Directive Closing a County Courthouse or Other Judicial Office
05-01-20: 2020-PR-048: Order Relating to District Court Operations in Counties Not Affected by a Stay-at-Home Order or Subject to a Directive Closing a County Courthouse or Other Judicial Office
05-01-20: 2020-PR-047: Suspending Deadlines and Time Limitations in Judicial Proceedings
05-01-20: 2020-PR-046: Suspending Deadlines and Time Limitations Under K.S.A. 2019 Supp. 22-3402
05-01-20: 2020-PR-045: Authorizing Two-Way Audio-Visual Communication in Any Court Proceeding
05-01-20: 2020-PR-044: Reissuing Administrative Order 2020-PR-36 under Governor’s April 30, 2020, State of Disaster Emergency Declaration
Finally, the Legislative Coordinating Council will meet Wednesday, May 6th to discuss returning to the Capitol for the Veto Session. See; http://www.ksrevisor.org/docs/LCCSpMeet_2020/Agenda%205-6-2020.pdf