Legislature puts limits on governor’s emergency powers


A marathon and sometimes rancorous day at the Kansas Legislature extended into early Friday morning, when lawmakers crafted a bill reining in the governor's emergency powers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Meeting for almost 24 hours Thursday into Friday, lawmakers worked feverishly to pass new checks on the governor's executive powers with legislation giving the governor 30-day rolling extensions of an emergency disaster declaration that could be extended with approval of a supermajority of the State Finance Council.

The Legislature approved new limits on . . .


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