The final version of the bill will likely be drafted by House and Senate negotiators later this month, after their chambers approve their own legislation. Some GOP lawmakers have complained that grassroots lawmakers were largely onlookers most of the time after COVID-19 arrived in the state in March 2020.
“Our voices have been silenced,” said Rep. Mark Samsel, a Republican from Wellsville. “We were told what to do, and we weren’t allowed to do anything about it or have a voice at the table for two months that we’ll never be back.
The Legislature’s debate on emergency management laws comes after weeks of criticism from Republican lawmakers that the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has been too slow. The state reported on Friday that at least 370,000 people had received at least one of the two required doses of vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna, or 12.7% of the state’s 2.9 million people. .
Kansas expects to receive 23,400 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared on Saturday.
The state has seen a drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, which has led some Republicans to argue that the state of emergency for the pandemic could be allowed to expire at the end of this month. .
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