Late debates drag out Kansas legislative session

May 21, 2020 - 11:03 pm

A late night debate Thursday drags out the final day of the Kansas legislative session.  Lawmakers remained at the Statehouse in Topeka as last-minute debates continued.

An effort to curb Governor Laura Kelly's executive powers when it comes to emergencies is part of one of 12 bills that Senate GOP leadership put forward for the end of the legislative session.

The proposed language presented Thursday says no new declarations can be issued without a review and approval from legislators.

New orders would also last for 30 days instead of 15. Under the proposed legislation, violation of the declaration would be a civil penalty instead of criminal.

Lawmakers also are proposing oversight of how the $1.25 billion CARES Act funding for Kansas is spent, as well as giving more local authority to counties.

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