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SBA Grants Disaster Declaration for May Tornadoes

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Governor Laura Kelly's request for a SBA disaster declaration as a result of the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred May 28, 2019."I am pleased that Kansas has been granted this request by the Small...

Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration Requested

Governor Laura Kelly sent a disaster declaration request to the Small Business Administration for damage caused by an EF4 tornado that passed through the center of Douglas County, Kansas, on May 28.“The damage caused by the tornadoes stretched far and...

Governor applauds USDA relocation announcement

Gov. Laura Kelly applauded today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to relocate major research agencies from Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City region, along with nearly 600 high-paying federal jobs.“This is a significant win for Kansas...

Governor requests major presidential declaration

Governor Laura Kelly sent a request today to President Donald Trump asking for a major presidential declaration for the public assistance program for 63 counties in Kansas as a result of widespread, record rainfall and severe weather causing flooding,...

Governor announces Secretary for Department of Administration

Commends Acting Secretary Goossen for public serviceFollowing through on her commitment to build a strong, highly qualified cabinet, Governor Laura Kelly announced today DeAngela Burns-Wallace as her choice to lead the Kansas Department of...

Governor’s statement regarding the State Finance Council meeting

Gov. Laura Kelly today praised progress made toward easing serious problems at state prisons in Kansas.The governor cited prison pay increases approved during today’s State Finance Council meeting as an important step toward solving the crisis in the state...

Governor announces new director of communications

Gov. Laura Kelly today announced Dena Sattler as the new director of communications for the Office of the Governor.Sattler has been director of marketing and communications for the Kansas Department of Commerce since mid-February. Prior to joining...

Additional Counties Added to Federal Emergency Declaration

Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management have been notified that 15 additional Kansas counties have been added to a federal emergency declaration for Kansas dated May 26, 2019.  The amendment to the declaration was expanded to...

President Grants Federal Emergency Disaster Declaration

President Donald Trump has granted a request from Governor Laura Kelly for an emergency federal disaster declaration for 18 Kansas counties affected by severe weather, heavy rains and flooding that currently is impacting the state.The president’s...

Governor asks for federal assistance for Kansas flooding

Governor Laura Kelly has sent a request to President Donald Trump asking for emergency federal assistance to help address the widespread severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that have plagued Kansas in recent days.The letter details the events leading up...

Governor encourages caution, awareness of flooding

Following heavy rain and severe storms, Governor Laura Kelly again encouraged Kansans in areas experiencing flooding to be cautious and follow warnings and instructions from local emergency officials. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management coordinates...

Governor encourages vigilance during severe weather, flooding

Kelly: Make safety a priority ahead of Memorial Day weekendSpeaking to media at the Kansas State Emergency Operations Center today, Governor Laura Kelly outlined the state’s largescale coordinated response to flooding and severe weather and encouraged...

Governor announces new secretary of Corrections

Recognizes Roger Werholtz for his serviceContinuing her fight to improve public safety and rebuild the Kansas Department of Corrections, Governor Laura Kelly today announced her selection of Jefferey Zmuda as the next secretary of corrections. Zmuda is...

Gov. Laura Kelly signs first state budget

Kelly issues line item vetoes to help keep state spending in checkTopeka – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has signed House Substitute for Senate Bill 25, the state’s budget bill for Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020. In her budget message to the Kansas Legislature,...

Governor signs Claire and Lola’s Law today

Governor Laura Kelly signed Senate Bill 28 today. This bill provides an affirmative defense against prosecution for possession of certain use of cannabidiol with tetrahydrocannabinol to treat certain medical conditions. It also prohibits state agencies and...

Message from the Governor regarding veto of House Bill 2033

The following message is from Governor Laura Kelly regarding her veto of HB 2033:I have a long record of supporting responsible, commonsense tax policy. Unfortunately, that is not what House Bill 2033 represents. It will decimate the state’s ability to pay...

Governor ends CGI contracts

Department of Revenue reviewed, recommended termination of IT contractsTOPEKA – After an exhaustive review of the agreements between the State of Kansas and CGI, an information technology company, Governor Laura Kelly announced today that the Kansas...

Governor signs bill creating Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Signs six additional bills into lawIn order to address the steady rise in youth suicide, Governor Laura Kelly today signed House Bill 2290 which creates the position of Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator in the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. This was...

Governor signs bill providing protection to child victims

Governor signs three billsIn an effort to improve protections for child victims of sex crimes, Governor Laura Kelly signed Senate Bill 18 on Monday afternoon. “Judges must interpret and apply the law with common sense and an understanding of the real...

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