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Legislative work continues - in fact, the Senate Ways & Means Committee met by Zoom today to discuss COVID-related funding issues. Much of the conversation was how courts are handling the change in hearing structure, as well as funding, process, and physical challenges across departments. Click here to view the hearing.
Staying at home and eating left overs. AND with a cute woman that wears a mask all the time!! Longest month of my life!!
Legislative Delay
The Kansas Legislature was set to convene for Veto Session on Monday, April 27. Due to the stay-at-home order extension to May 3, the legislature has postponed at least through May 6, pending a decision by the Legislative Coordinating Council (LCC), which includes the Republican and Democrat leadership teams from the House and Senate. Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution denotes the legislature must meet in the capital. Here’s the twist:
  • When addressing the actual building, the following is correct: Capitol (capital C, and an o). 
  • The word capital (small c, and an a) refers to the capital city. 
  • In sum, legislators could in theory all go to Topeka and join a Zoom call. 
  • Creativity and flexibility are key in this new normal! I will keep you apprised of what is decided.

Representative John Eplee

Kansas State Legislature
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Contact Doc Eplee
At the Capitol:
300 SW 10th St., 512-N
Topeka, KS 66612

At home in Atchison:
163 Deer Run
Atchison, KS 66002
Business News

Commerce Secretary David Toland shared in a conference call this week that the U.S. Senate passed and the House is expected also to pass another stimulus bill. The bill includes an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which among the other business stimulus programs quickly ran out of funding in a matter of days – hours in some cases.
  • Of the first two stimulus bills, 26,000 Kansas businesses got funding, and we were #9 out of 50 states in PPP funding per capita. 
  • This is in large part due to the hard work of our Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) across the state and their proactive work to get Kansas businesses prepared to apply as soon as the funds became available. 
  • NOT FUNDED? The Secretary encourages businesses to contact their lenders now to be ready and at the front of the line when the new money is authorized. 
Does your company make PPE or other critical needs items, or are you considering switching to add new product lines to meet this demand? The Department of Commerce has been working with BioKansas to provide an inventory of these companies and products. Visit the BioKansas Supply Hub to let them know what you make or would like to make.

If you are unemployed, please take a moment to review more than 2,100 positions listed on the state’s COVID-19 jobs site,, where employers need to fill jobs now to meet the urgent needs specific to the crisis. 
Federal Aid

Kansas is set to receive about $1.2 billion from the federal stimulus packages. Ironically, that is about the amount the revenue estimators say we will lose in taxes during this time. However, the state is awaiting more specific information on how the money can be spent. Much of it will go to help health care providers finance extra personal protective equipment (PPE) purchases and other COVID-19 related unanticipated expenses. 
  • Some of these funds will be targeted to economic development grants and loans for our communities. I encourage our eco devo teams across the district to have creative plans ready to propose when the funds are available. 
COVID-19 in Kansas

Every day at 2 pm, Dr. Lee Norman, the Kansas Secretary for Health & Environment provides an update on the status of the virus in Kansas. Watch the press conferences live or view previous events here
Stay home to stay safe and protect your loved ones, 

Representative John Eplee, MD
Kansas House District 63
Serving Atchison and Doniphan counties
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