Supreme Court sets hearing for Saturday on Kelly lawsuit

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The Kansas Supreme Court has set Saturday to hold oral arguments in the governor’s lawsuit seeking to restore an executive order limiting the size of religious activities.

The court will hold oral arguments by “electronic means” at 9 a.m. on the lawsuit brought by Gov. Laura Kelly against the Legislative Coordinating Council.

On Wednesday, the LCC revoked the governor’s executive order limiting the size of religious activities to 10 or fewer people.

The governor argues that the LCC did not have the legal power to revoke her executive order.

State law, the governor said, gives the Legislature a check on the governor’s powers during an emergency.

However, she said those checks are delegated to the Legislature in its entirety, not the seven-member LCC.

She said the LCC’s action conflicts with the state statutes and the constitution, which expressly provide that revocation of emergency powers resides with the Legislature.