Update: State Finance Council extends emergency COVID-19 declaration

Capitol Bureau

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) — The State Finance Council voted on Friday to extend an emergency COVID-19 declaration that would of expired Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The declaration was ordered earlier by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to allow the state to provide services in response to the pandemic. It also means the governor’s Executive Orders will be extended.

During the meeting, members of the council voiced concerns about business shutdowns and wanted it added to the declaration. Early in the pandemic, Gov. Kelly ordered business shutdowns to limit the spread of the virus. The governor said it is not her intention to shut down businesses again. To reach an agreement among members on the council, Gov. Kelly agreed to add language to the declaration that she doesn’t intend to close businesses.

“The disaster declaration, along with these Executive Orders, are critical to ensuring Kansas has the tools and support it needs to continue responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Kelly said.

Under E.O. #20-64, the following orders will be extended

20-37 – Allowing certain deferred tax deadlines and payments during state of disaster emergency
20-39 – Extending professional and occupational licenses during state of disaster emergency
20-40 – Temporarily allowing notaries and witnesses to act via audio-video communication technology during state of disaster emergency
20-43 – Temporary relief from certain restrictions concerning shared work programs during state of disaster emergency
20-50 – Temporary relief from certain unemployment insurance requirements during state of disaster emergency
20-55 – Amended provisions related to drivers’ license and vehicle registration and regulation during state of disaster emergency
20-56 – Amended Licensure, Certification, and Registration for persons and Licensure of “Adult Care Homes” during state of disaster emergency
20-61 – Temporarily prohibiting certain foreclosures and evictions

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