May 12, 2020 11:00 PM

Kansas lawmakers meet online to prep for session on virus

Posted May 12, 2020 11:00 PM
Members of the House Taxation committee met via video conference late Tuesday afternoon
Members of the House Taxation committee met via video conference late Tuesday afternoon

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are turning to virtual meetings to prepare for an upcoming session aimed at dealing with the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, as researchers examine the state’s wastewater to look for clues about how the virus is spreading.

House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr, a Kansas City-area Republican, says that the virtual meetings, which will be broadcast live on the Legislature’s YouTube channel, are now underway before the Legislature reconvenes on May 21.

“We’re going to take care of COVID-related legislation that legitimately serves the best interests of our families, our first responders and our economy,” Ryckman said.

Among the issues that committees are discussing are the allocation of federal relief funding and the Kansas Department of Labor’s dated information technology infrastructure, which has been overwhelmed by the surge in unemployment claims.