Kansas governor loosens restriction rules

May 26, 2020 - 9:00 pm

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has vetoed a sweeping coronavirus measure that would have curbed her power to direct the state’s pandemic response. But, Kelly also ceded to local officials the power to keep restrictions on businesses. 

Kelly not only killed a bill approved by the Legislature last week but also issued a new state-of- emergency declaration to replace one set to expire Tuesday night. 

Kelly also is calling the Legislature back into special session on June 3 to extend the new state of emergency past June 10. 

Yet a top Republican lawmaker, Senate President Susan Wagal, declared victory because Kelly backed off statewide restrictions on businesses. 


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