Gov. Kelly Requests Extension Of Federal Authority Enabling Use Of State National Guard For COVID Response Efforts

Governor Kelly announced Monday that she sent a letter to President Trump, requesting that he approve an extension of Title 32–which allows the state to continue using the Kansas National Guard to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

Title 32 allows governors to mobilize the national guard in their state so that it can respond to natural disasters and other emergencies.

Kelly said that by authorizing utilization of the Kansas National Guard pending President Trump’s approval, the extension will enable Kansas to maintain community-based testing and continue to distribute critical medical supplies; which would ensure that Kansas can remain open.

The Governor also said that in the letter she requested that the President direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Secretary of Defense to extend Title 32 as well as 100% of the funding required for up to 500 member of the Kansas National Guard through March 31st, 2021.