Kansas Governor Issues Series of Executive Orders to Address COVIC-19
Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Orders related to the Coronavirus pandemic
As of March 30, 2020
Governor Kelly has issued the following Executive Orders to protect Kansas families, businesses and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.
Governor Kelly did state in a press conference that as the crisis continues to evolve by the hour, a statewide stay-at-home order may indeed become unavoidable. She is working to create a uniform policy to provide guidance and consistency across communities should such an order be required.
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Executive Order No. 20-03, extending states of local disaster emergency relating to COVID-19. Any declared local disaster emergency is extended from March 7, 2002 to March 12, 2020 or until rescinded.
Executive Order No. 20-04, temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings to limit the spread of COVID-19. Any mass gathering, with certain exemptions, is limited to 50 people or more is prohibited until May 1, 2020. (rescinded) [Governor Kelly issued Executive Order 20-14 limiting mass gatherings to 10 persons.]
Executive Order No. 20-05, temporarily prohibiting utility and internet disconnects. All utility providers not under KCC jurisdiction, shall suspend the practice of disconnecting services for non-payment until May 1, 2020.
Executive Order No. 20-06,temporarily prohibiting evictions and foreclosures. Suspend the initiation of foreclosure proceeding and judicial proceeding on commercial residential evictions until May 1, 2020. (rescinded)
Executive Order No. 20-07,temporarily closing K-12 schools to slow the spread of COVID-19. All K-12 institutions, public and private, are to close and cease in-person instruction until May 29, 2020.
Executive Order No. 20-08, temporarily expanding telemedicine and addressing certain licensing requirements to combat the effects of COVID-19. The State Board of Healing Arts shall: not enforce rules requiring physician to perform in-person examination; encourage physicians to utilize telemedicine and grant emergency temporary licenses until May 1, 2020.
Executive Order No. 20-09, conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Order No. 20-10, rescinded Executive Order #20-06 and replaced it with Executive Order #20-10, which temporarily prohibits certain foreclosures and evictions. The EO explicitly requires that a financial hardship indirectly or directly caused by COVID-19 be the reason a homeowner or renter can’t make payments. In addition, no landlords can evict a residential tenant when all defaults or violations of the rental agreement are caused by financial hardships due to COVID-19. These measures are especially important because housing disruption inhibits the ability of the state and local communities to effectively respond to COVID-19 and the public health dangers it presents.
Executive Order No. 20-11, prevents all Kansas waste removal providers, trash and recycling, from cancelling or suspending commercial or residential waste or recycling removal services for Kansas residences and businesses as a result of nonpayment due to significant loss of income or increase in expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring that waste and recycling services continue is essential to maintaining public health, especially when personal hygiene and staying at home are the primary methods for slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Executive Order No.20-12, extends deadlines for driver’s licenses and vehicle registration renewals and regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic. All driver’s license renewals and vehicle registrations extended by this Executive Order must be completed within 60 days of the expiration of Executive Order #20-12. Many Kansans may be unable to renew their driver’s license or vehicle registration during this time, but delivery drivers and other critical employees must be able to continue critical operations and drive without fear of licensing or registration issues.
Executive Order No. 20-13, extends tax filing deadlines to July 15, 2020, and waiving any interest and penalties for returns and payments made on or before July 15, 2020. In the event the State of Disaster Emergency originally proclaimed on March 12, 2020, is lifted or expires prior to July 15, 2020, the Department of Revenue shall continue to exercise appropriate discretion to make effective the waivers of penalties and interest for payments made up to July 15, 2020. This order is intended to bring Kansas’ tax filing procedures in line with federal IRS measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Order No. 20-14, temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more people to limit the spread of COVID-19 and rescinding Executive Order 20-04.
Executive Order No. 20-15, which details the Kansas Essential Functions Framework (KEFF) that counties will be required to use if local officials determine it is necessary to issue stay-at-home orders.The framework was developed for consistency with national critical function guidelines established for pandemic and other disaster response efforts and provides information on how to limit sustained personal interaction while providing for the continuation of essential infrastructure and businesses.
Executive Order No. 20-16, establishing a statewide “stay home” order in conjunction with the Kansas Essential Function Framework for COVID-19 response efforts.
Executive Order No. 20-17, temporary relief from certain unemployment insurance requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.