Kansas lawmakers push limits on governor as AG doubts orders

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TOPEKA — Republicans lawmakers in Kansas have hashed out a plan for limiting Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s power to direct the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Their work started Thursday night and continued into Friday morning. The move comes after the state’s GOP attorney general suggested she’s been on “legally suspect” ground for three weeks.

Key provisions of the Republican plan would require Kelly to get permission from leaders of the GOP-controlled Legislature to keep businesses closed after May 31 or exercise other broad powers granted to governors during emergencies.

Legislative leaders also would have the final say over how the state spends $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds.

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