Gov. Sam Brownback has issued an executive order to suspend some of the rules that govern motor carriers in order to make it easier to transport hay to livestock in areas that have been severely impacted by ongoing drought.
He issued a second order to allow doctors, nurses and other medical professionals licensed to practice in Missouri to provide medical services in Kansas.
"The severe drought in much of our state resulted in an emergency situation making it necessary to expedite efforts to transport hay to livestock in drought-stricken areas," Brownback said. "Additionally, allowing Missouri medical professionals to continue to work at Kansas facilities will ensure their patients continue to have access to all necessary and essential services."
The transportation order applies only to individuals hauling hay to livestock in drought-stricken areas, temporarily suspends the requirements to receive over dimensional permits from the Kansas Department of Transportation, registration and fuel tax permits from the Kansas Department of Revenue and permits from the Kansas Corporation Commission. Participating motor carriers will be allowed to travel during nighttime hours if the over dimensional load is marked with clearance lights or escort vehicles are used.
"I appreciate the Governor and state agencies working together and responding quickly to the concerns of livestock producers in need of hay," Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman said. "This drought continues to take a toll on so many Kansas farmers and ranchers and we are committed to doing our part to improve Kansas agriculture's ability to adapt and recover."
Participating motor carriers are limited to a load that does not exceed 12 feet in width and does not exceed a height of 14 feet, six inches. Under normal circumstances, haulers are required to get a permit for loads exceeding 8½ feet in width and/or 14 feet in height. All other applicable state and federal regulations continue to apply, including the requirement of having a valid driver's license.
The order is in effect until it is rescinded or until drought emergency and disaster declarations are lifted.
The medical services order applies to those who maintain a current, valid license in good standing in the State of Missouri and who are in the process of applying for a permanent license to practice in Kansas.
For those who meet the order's qualifications, the Governor also temporarily waives licensing and permit fees, certain licensing and permitting requirement, and an annual insurance premium surcharge on each health care provider inKansas.
All other applicable state and federal regulations are still in effect, including the requirement for each health care provider to maintain a current and valid policy of professional liability insurance.
That order will expire on November 1, 2011 with no further extensions.