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May 19, 2020

Legislative Update

Submitted by Sue Peterson

The Kansas Legislature will return to the State Capitol on Thursday, May 21, for the Sine Die session. This is the official last day of the 2020 Legislative Session. Customarily, this is a ceremonial session with few legislators in attendance. But due to COVID-19, the Legislature plans to consider items to assist the state and the state's citizens.

Several legislative committees met last week, and additional committees will meet this week until Wednesday to prepare legislation for the Sine Die session.

Legislation and topics for potential legislation include enacting the Kansas Economic Recovery Linked Deposit Loan Program, which utilizes $60 million in idle funds and makes the funds available to businesses and farmers currently in crisis; potential COVID-19 liability protections for businesses, health care providers, universities and others; changes to state emergency powers; and others items members of the Legislature deem important to consider at this time.

Legislation introduced in the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions not passed by the Legislature and enacted into law will be dead following final adjournment on May 21.

For information and questions regarding the 2020 Legislature, contact Sue Peterson, skp@k-state.edu, or the Office of Government Relations, kstategr@k-state.edu. Phones will be answered at 785-532-6227.