TOPEKA, Kan. — Republican leaders in the Kansas legislature have signed off on the Democratic governor’s request to extend a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic.
Their action Wednesday came as Kansas set another record for COVID-19-related hospitalizations. The state health department said there were 85 new hospitalizations in the previous 24 hours, raising the state's seven-day daily average to a new high of 29.14 hospitalizations.
Leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature unanimously approved Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to extend the state of emergency until Nov. 15. Under a law enacted in June, top lawmakers must consider an extension once a month, and without their approval, the state of emergency would have expired Oct. 15.