WATCH: Kansas Governor Laura Kelly expresses shock, disappointment that her religious executive order was overturned

April 08, 2020 - 7:02 pm

Governor Laura Kelly accused the Kansas attorney general and Republican legislators of playing partisan games Wednesday after they took action against her executive order limiting religious gatherings.

Kelly announced the limits Tuesday as a way to control the spread of the coronavirus. Wednesday afternoon,  lawmakers reversed Kelly’s executive order.

“I was so deeply troubled to learn that our attorney general has decided to launch a bizarre, confusing and overtly political attack at such a moment of tragedy and that Republican legislative leaders have chosen to follow suit with a shockingly irresponsible decision that will put every Kansas life at risk,” said Kelly, a Democrat.

Kelly added that she’s directing her chief counsel to explore their legal options to “resolve this confusion.”

“There’s a chance that the action of the legislative coordinating council today actually rescinded the first mass gathering executive order that we put in place,” she said.”We are checking and we are doing everything we can as quickly as possible to remedy this situation.”

The state is reporting 1,046 positive cases of coronavirus and 38 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon.

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