Governor closes state offices Wednesday for day of mourning for President Bush

TOPEKA, Kan. – Governor Jeff Colyer issued an executive order today closing state offices on Wednesday to observe a day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush.

The order officially declared Dec. 5, 2018, as a legal holiday in observance of the National day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush. The order noted that President Trump had declared Wednesday as a national day of mourning, and state of Kansas offices had been closed to mourn the deaths of other presidents.

The order also notes “President Bush’s courage, dedication and leadership” and his lifetime of public service.

In addition to state offices, the state court system will close Wednesday, with some exceptions, to observe the day of mourning. The Kansas Supreme Court gave chief judges of each of the state’s 31 judicial districts discretion to conduct court proceedings that day if in the best interest of justice.

In a press release, the Supreme Court advised anyone scheduled to be in state court Wednesday to check with the court where the proceeding is scheduled to verify whether it will take place. The Kansas Judicial Center will be closed.

Governor Colyer issued Executive Order 18-20 as follows:

Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush 

WHEREAS, as the 41st President of the United States, former President George H. W. Bush was a dedicated statesman who led our country through a time of change following the Cold War; and
WHEREAS, President Bush’s courage, dedication and leadership were evident throughout his lifetime of public service in many different roles, including serving with distinction in the United State Navy, as a delegate to the United Nations, envoy to China and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency prior to being elected President; and
WHEREAS, President Trump has declared Wednesday, December 5, 2018 a National Day of Mourning for President Bush; and
WHEREAS, State of Kansas offices were closed to mourn the deaths of other Presidents; including Presidents Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, Johnson, Reagan and Ford.
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Kansas, I hereby designate Wednesday, December 5, 2018 as a legal holiday in observance of the National day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush and order that State of Kansas offices are to be closed in observance of the holiday.
This document shall be filed with the Secretary of State as Executive Order No. 18-20 and shall become effective immediately.

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