(Aug. 28, 2020) –
The Special Committee on the Kansas Emergency Management Act
, chaired by Representative Fred Patton (R-Topeka), met earlier this week to review the existing Act, identify its successes, failures and make potential recommendations for improvement. The committee started with a review of the Act, including the changes made by the 2020 Legislature in House Bill 2016. Next, they looked into how emergency management is addressed in other states, specifically the ability of state legislatures to overrule emergency declarations. The committee then heard from various stakeholder groups, including the Kansas Association of Counties, the League of Municipalities and the Attorney General. The committee is expected to meet again from Sept. 22 through Sept. 24. We will continue to keep you updated on the discussion.