Kansas Capitol meditation room moved to create staff space

Capitol Bureau

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly has moved a Kansas Statehouse meditation room created by Republicans as a place for prayer and reflection to a less-visible space to create more room for her staff.

The new meditation room is on the northwest side of the building’s basement floor, down an out-of-the-way hall.

The meditation space previously was on the Statehouse’s second floor, where Kelly and her staff have their offices.

Kelly spokeswoman Lauren Fitzgerald says the change ensures that the governor’s staff can follow social distancing.

But Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican and frequent Kelly critic, suggested the governor “increased government so much that staffers need to take over a long-standing room for prayer.”

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