The Legislative Coordinating Council met today to discuss whether they would reconvene the 2020 Session. As a reminder, the Legislature broke on March 19 – roughly two weeks ahead of schedule – because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council has decided that
they will not meet again until May 21
, which has already been designated as Sine Die, or the last day official business can be conducted. It was, however, stated that committees could begin work as soon as tomorrow, if authorized by leadership. In the meeting, the Transportation and Tax Conference Committees were specifically mentioned as two groups that could still meet.
There was a substitute motion made by Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning (R-Overland Park) to reconvene on May 19. This motion was voted down, with Senate President Susan Wagle (R-Wichita) voting for the motion, while all other Council members were opposed.
As a reminder, the action taken today does not preclude the Governor from calling a Special Session at any time.
Today’s action confirms the authority of the Speaker of the House and the Senate President to determine what, if any, work can be done on May 21. It was suggested that remaining issues be COVID-19 related, but nothing has been decided.
We are still analyzing the situation and will update you as we have more information.
Stephen P. Duerst
Federico Consulting, Inc:
A Public Affairs Group