Senate passes bill limiting power of health officials to fight contagious diseases


The Kansas Senate on Thursday approved a bill removing the power of the state health secretary to limit the spread of infectious diseases amid criticism that public health officials went too far during the pandemic to keep contagious illnesses in check.

The Senate voted 22-18 to pass the bill over concerns registered by Gov. Laura Kelly's administration, which cautioned that the legislation would put Kansans at increased risk to outbreaks of contagious diseases . . .


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