Travelers in Kansas may have to wait a few more days before they can head back home.
A state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would extend the state’s “respite period” for stranded travelers, saying the time it takes to get home will decrease if people can’t stay in their hotels.
The bill would give residents 24 hours to make plans to stay in hotels until the end of the 48-hour period, or if they’re already there, the state Department of Transportation and the Kansas Tourism Authority will waive the time.
It would also extend the period of time a stranded traveler can travel from the end to the end in one night.
The state already offers a 24-hour respite period for stranded tourists.
However, the measure would extend it to two days instead of the current two.
It is unclear whether the measure will be approved by the Legislature, but it is likely to pass.
The bill has support from the Kansas Department of Tourism and Community Development and the state Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Times reported.
Sam Brownback announced a state of emergency in mid-May following a spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state.
The governor declared a state-wide state of health emergency.