Kelly: ‘Imperative’ to extend disaster declaration

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Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday it was "imperative" to extend the ongoing disaster declaration to deal with the coronavirus pandemic when the order expires next week.

"Ordinarily, a governor would declare an emergency when there's an emergency. We still have an emergency," Kelly said.

"Just because Sept. 15 comes, and it will go, does not mean the emergency is going to go with it," she said. "It's absolutely imperative that we extend that declaration."

The governor said the emergency declaration is essential for the state  to help local governments in dealing with the emergency.

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