Lawmakers agree on emergency management bill

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Lawmakers on Monday reached an agreement on a new emergency management bill that puts new checks on the governor and local public health officers while giving Kansans explicit legal recourse to challenge emergency directives.

A House-Senate conference committee worked throughout the day Monday, trading proposals during several rounds of negotiations as they sought to forge a deal before the state's current emergency declaration expires March 31.

The committee agreed to a deal after 7 p.m. The conference committee report is expected to be signed Tuesday.

Republican state Sen. Kellie Warren . . .

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