March 20, 2020 •
Kansas Lawmakers Postpone Session Until Late April
The House and Senate went into overdrive March 19 to complete deals on a new state budget and an updated 10-year highway program before vacating the Capitol until late April.
Lawmakers agreed to set aside $50 million for unforeseen expenditures during the COVID-19 crisis.
Another $15 million was allocated for emergency preparedness operations tied to the virus.
Additionally, the House and Senate voted to send a comprehensive transportation bill of $9.7 billion to Gov. Laura Kelly.
This decadelong program for roads, bridges, railways, and airports would make a top priority of highway system preservation projects.
The Legislature is scheduled to return April 27 to adjust the state budget and take up other unfinished work on bills.
However, there is no guarantee the pandemic would allow the 165 legislators to congregate.
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