Daily Archives: April 28, 2009

Text of Sebelius’ resignation letter

Text of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ letter of resignation submitted Tuesday to Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh:

Dear Secretary Thornburgh: It has been my extraordinary honor and privilege to serve the people of Kansas as governor. I look forward to serving Kansans, President Obama and the rest of the nation in my new role as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Please accept this letter as my official resignation from the office of governor effective today, April 28, 2009, upon my confirmation as health and human services secretary by the United States Senate. Sincerely, Kathleen Sebelius

New Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is sworn in

Kansas Governor

Here are the prepared remarks of new Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson at his swearing-in ceremony tonight:

“At the outset, I want to congratulate Governor Sebelius: first, for her 23 years of outstanding public service to the State and second, for her confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services. She has served the state well and will serve both the state and country well in her new position.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as Governor of Kansas. I love this state and am excited to have the opportunity to serve during a time of real need.

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How senators voted on Sebelius’ confirmation

Here, from the Associated Press, is how senators voted on Kathleen Sebelius’ confirmation to be HHS secretary.

The 65-31 roll call by which the Senate voted to confirm Kathleen Sebelius as the nation’s health and human services secretary.

On this vote, a “yes” vote was a vote to confirm Sebelius and a “no” vote was a vote against it.

Voting “yes” were 54 Democrats, 9 Republicans and 2 independents.

Voting “no” were 0 Democrats and 31 Republicans.

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Parkinson to be sworn in as governor at 7 p.m.

TOPEKA – Kansas will have a new governor by the time the sun sets tonight.

Shortly after the U.S. Senate confirmed former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, as Health and Human Services Secretary, she stepped down as governor and is on her way to Washington D.C., governor’ spokeswoman Beth Martino said in an email.

Gov. Mark Parkinson will be officially sworn in at 7 p.m., Chief Justice Bob Davis will administer the oath of office.

Lawmakers return to Topeka Wednesday to start a wrap up session where they are likely to try and override one of Sebelius’ final vetoes.

The bill would require doctors providing late-term abortions to provide more detailed justifications for the procedure on forms sent to Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The measure would also allow a woman or her immediate family to sue a physician providing late-term abortions in civil court if they think the procedure was illegal.

Conservatives were critical of Sebelius for her stance on abortion, including the most recent veto, and her ties to late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller of Wichita.

Senate confirms Sebelius as HHS secretary

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services.

The vote, 65 to 31, came just before 6 p.m. in Washington D.C. after an all-day debate.

Both Kansas senators, Republicans Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback, voted for Sebelius, a Democrat.

Last week, Brownback had said the governor’s veto of a bill aimed at tighetning regulations of late-term abortions made it harder to support her. Sebelius had vetoed similar bills in previous years.

The move means Kansas is likely to have a new governor when the Kansas Legislature returns Wednesday for a wrap-up session.

It’s hard to say if Sebelius could hand the reins of power over to Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson tonight or not – her office is keeping mum on its plans.

KDHE creates swine flu hotline and email

Kansans concerned about the appearance of swine flu can call a toll free hotline with questions.

The toll-free number, 1-877-427-7317, is offered by Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Operators will be available to answer questions from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

After calling the number, people will be directed to press “1″ to speak to an operator about the swine flu.

Kansans can also email questions about the virus to swinefluinfo@kdheks.gov.

The department has also posted information about swine flu on its website.

Kansas has had two confirmed cases of swine flu, but no other cases have been confirmed. The department is investigating the cases and working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In accordance with the Kansas Response Plan, KDHE is also monitoring and instituting recommendations from CDC for any additional influenza disease surveillance activities, reviewing plans to further enhance those activities, and advising health care providers on how to handle potential swine flu cases.

The department recommends the following steps to help prevent the virus from spreading:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to get rid of most germs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to co-workers and friends.

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues.

  • Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting adequate rest and exercise.