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State Capitol, Room 149-S

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921 N. Mill Street
Beloit, KS 67420

About the 107th

Committee Appointments

Dear Friend:

The deadline to file for office in Kansas was Monday, June 1, at noon. I am thrilled to announce I will be unopposed for this election cycle! This means I am fortunate to represent you for another two years, and will have the opportunity to work on redistricting, which redraws the legislative maps in response to census information. 
Special Session

The 2019-2020 legislative session was adjourned Sine Die, which means bills – and bills vetoed – are not available for debate. Special Sessions start from scratch, but fortunately, the House passed a compromise plan June 3 and the Senate passed it Thursday, June 4, and the Special Session was adjourned in record time. 
About the Bill

Voltaire said “The best is the enemy of the good” – a description which fits this bill. Especially considering the timeframe. This is a longer description than normal because each plank impacts most Kansans. 

HB 2016: The biggest difference between the Sine Die session and this Special Session was legislative leaders working with the governor to craft a fragile compromise. 
  1. Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF): This fund (primarily federal money) can be spent with the support of the governor and a majority of the State Finance Council (SFC). 
  2. Authority: Governor Kelly’s emergency declaration is extended through September 15, but is prohibited from further disaster declarations through the end of 2020, unless approved by the SFC.
    • Before Sept 15: 
      • The governor cannot close any business or restrict gatherings or travel.
    • After Sept 15:
      • Further disaster declarations must be approved by the SFC,
      • The governor must consult with SFC at least 24 hours before closing any business, and can only close businesses for 15 days, unless six SFC members approve.
  3. Elections: Blocks the governor from changing the timing of elections or how they are conducted.
  4. Local Control: Allows County Commissions to issue orders less restrictive than the state if they include findings from local health officer that the full statewide provisions are not necessary to protect county residents. 
  5. Schools: To close schools, the governor acquire approval from the Kansas Board of Education.
  6. Civil Immunity: 
    • Health Care Providers: Except in cases of negligent or reckless behavior, the bill gives immunity for healthcare services altered, delayed, or withheld related to COVID-19.
    • Products: Those who design, manufacture, sell/distribute, or donate COVID-related products are immune from damages, again, with the exception of negligent action.
    • Adult Care Facilities: While not strictly immune, these facilities would have to prove that harm was caused even though they followed the rules, either by being required to readmit a COVID-positive resident, or treating a COVID patient in compliance with the law. The bill also creates infection control inspections for every facility within 90 days.
  7. Contact Tracing: The Secretary of Health or a county health officer can conduct contact tracing to protect public health. Tracers must volunteer, and sign an oath to follow the Privacy Act.
    • Contact Data: Could only be used for public health purposes, data would remain confidential, and destroyed when tracing ends.
      • Location Data: The bill prohibits tracing through cell phone location data.
    • First Responders: Local health authorities must work with 911 dispatch and first responder agencies to alert the presence of a COVID case in order to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  8. Health Care: This section expires 120 days following the end of the disaster declaration.
    • Telemedicine: The bill allows doctors to prescribe medication without an in-person visit.
    • Non-Kansas physicians: Doctors licensed in other states are allowed to “see” Kansans via telemedicine, providing they are not under disciplinary action.
    • Hospitals: Will be allowed to admit more patients than they are currently licensed to, and allow them to use off-site, non-hospital facilities to perform care, with reasonable safety requirements.
    • Physicians: Licensed Kansas physicians can practice at a medical facility without becoming a member of its staff.
  9. To-Go Beer: You may be happy to know the sale of beer/liquor/wine to go is allowed through 2020.
It passed the Senate 26-12 and the House 107-12, I voted YES.
Phase 3:

Our counties will not be issuing more restrictive guidelines than the state through the end of the Kansas phased-in reopening. This means as of June 8, gatherings can increase from 15 to 45 people, with masks and social distancing. All businesses can open with full staffing, swimming pools can open, and nonessential travel can resume, adhering to quarantine recommendations about specific geographic locations. 
Please wear a mask and stay safe!


Rep. Susan Concannon
Copyright © 2020 Paid for by Concannon for Kansas, Tamarah Pruitt, Treasurer, All rights reserved.

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