COVID-19 has Kansas lawmakers pondering broader oversight

September 24, 2020 - 6:05 pm

Kansas legislators have started pushing to give more of their colleagues a say in how the state manages protracted emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. 

Their discussions Thursday came after months of conflict between lawmakers and Gov. Laura Kelly. A legislative committee studying the state’s emergency management laws agreed Thursday that the Legislature should consider creating a new panel with permanent oversight of how the governor handles months-long emergencies. 

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The study committee also said lawmakers should look at making it easier for them to reconvene later in the year after their annual spring session has concluded.

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