Kansas AG doubts governor’s orders as lawmakers seek limits

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Republicans in the Kansas House have a caucus meeting to discuss lawmakers’ plans during their last scheduled day in session for the year, Thursday, May 21, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Many Republican lawmakers are not wearing masks while in meetings, while most Democrats are wearing them because of the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators have convened for a single-day session on the coronavirus pandemic with Republican majorities determined to curb Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s power.

Lawmakers met Thursday after the GOP state Attorney General Derek Schmidt suggested that Kelly has been on “legally suspect” ground for three weeks.

Republican legislative leaders pushed a bill that would require Kelly to get the permission of top lawmakers to extend a state of emergency past Monday’s Memorial Day holiday.

It also would greatly limit her power to close businesses even with an extension. Schmidt contends Kelly couldn’t legally keep a state of emergency in place after May 1. 

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