DEVELOPING: Lawmakers pass limits on Governor Kelly's emergency powers during 24-hour session Featured

DEVELOPING: Lawmakers pass limits on Governor Kelly's emergency powers during 24-hour session KVOE News file photo

Kansas lawmakers expected a long final day of the 2020 legislative session, but they may not have expected things would go almost 24 hours.

Both the Kansas House and Senate passed measures to limit Governor Laura Kelly's emergency power after being in session from 8 am Thursday until just shy of 8 am Friday. The plan supported by Republicans would force the governor to turn to the Legislature for permission to use broad emergency powers starting June 1 after the current state of emergency ends May 31. Also, lawmakers, not the governor, would dictate how over $1 billion in federal relief funds could be used.

Governor Kelly could veto the action -- which would render the Legislature's action as moot because the session would be over and the governor maintains the power to call a special session. However, she may well have to take that step to renew the state of emergency past May 31 if she vetoes Friday's action by lawmakers.

We'll have reactions from lawmakers representing Lyon County later on KVOE and KVOE.com.

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Last modified on Friday, 22 May 2020 08:41