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Veto Session?

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Kansas Legislature was scheduled to return to wrap up the 2020 session yesterday, April 27th. That plan was scuttled last week when the Legislative Coordinating Council postponed the restart due to COVID-19 concerns. See;

The new plan is to revisit the idea of returning before May 3rd which would be a day before Gov. Kelly could lift the statewide “stay at home” order. The complication is that local governments have the power to continue or extend “stay-at-home” orders. While the Kansas Legislature is exempt from this “stay at home” order, the optics would be less than ideal, given that a majority of legislators fall within the “At-Risk” group. See;

Nevertheless, there is a strong push by a group of legislators to start the reopening process. This group, 80 plus strong and all Republican, want a plan from the governor. House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins posted the letter with signers on his Facebook page this past week. Should the “stay-at-home” order be rescinded, it would be difficult for these legislators to avoid returning to Topeka after taking such a hardline stance on reopening the economy. See;

If the Veto Session resumes—and that is still an “if” at this point—the legislature could discuss the State revenue shortfalls, Executive Order reform and possibly Medicaid Expansion. However, none of these items are on any agenda currently, and with just eight bills passed so far this session, it is unlikely we will see a flurry of bills headed to the governor during veto.

The Kansas Legislative Research Department has released its 2020 legislative summary of bills passed. This is the shortest initial summary in my 12 years with the KBA. It is only 12 items deep, with four of those items being executive order- or concurrent resolution-related. Of the eight bills signed into law, two dealt directly with COVID-19 actions. The only major bills to pass were the state budget (SB 66) and the transportation plan (House Sub for SB 173). Other bills are primed for passage, but that depends on the actions taken during veto. See;

Tags:  2020 legislative summary  2020 Veto Session  Author: Joseph N. Molina III  Legislative Coordinating Council  Medicaid Expansion  Stay-at-Home 

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