Lawmakers asked to rethink local emergency authority


Gov. Laura Kelly's administration on Tuesday asked lawmakers to reconsider how much authority local governments should have to override a statewide emergency order.

Kelly's chief of staff, Will Lawrence, expressed frustration with counties' ability to opt out of a statewide order requiring Kansans to wear masks in public.

Roughly 90 of the state's 105 counties did not impose the governor's mask mandate under the authority they were given with the emergency powers law passed during a special legislative session in June.

The law gave counties the power to opt out of the governor’s executive order . . .


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