Each legislative session, we provide Shawnee Mission area legislators the opportunity to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol. Rep. Stephanie Clayton, Rep. Cindy Neighbor and Sen. Dinah Sykes are scheduled to send updates this week. Rep. Neighbor’s column is below:
The last two weeks have been quiet due to the term “turn-around.” That is a process where everything that has passed in the House goes over to the Senate, and everything in the Senate that has passed goes to the House. The bills are placed in the appropriate committees to be worked and then sent to conference committees. Very few committees have worked this past week. The Tax Committee, Budget Committee, and Appropriations had the busiest schedules.
Governor Laura Kelly’s Declaration of Emergency tells us this is not the time for politics. Upon her announcement the House immediately followed her declaration with a resolution extending the declaration if needed. The resolution received unanimous support. The safety of all Kansans is our utmost concern, and we are working to “flatten the curve” of the spread.
There are things we can do to protect ourselves and those around us. Most of these are common sense, but it is worth reminding:
- Social distancing – avoid standing close to others or being in large groups in an enclosed setting.
- When at all possible, avoid touching your face.
- Limit exposure to sick people or those with compromised immune systems.
- Hand sanitizer: A product with at least 60% alcohol is best.
- If you are sick at all, please confirm your employer’s sick leave policy and do not work if possible. Disinfect surfaces.
- And finally, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Be sure to stay tuned for up-to-date news broadcasts for any cancellations of schools, churches, day-care facilities, etc. All of us need to work together for the safety of our families, neighbors, communities, and our country.