Kansas lawmakers, governor, working on new COVID-19 measure

Kansas lawmakers, governor, working on new COVID-19 measure
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Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature are working on a compromise coronavirus measure. It would give lawmakers some oversight of the spending federal relief funds and protect businesses from pandemic-related lawsuits. 

Kelly called lawmakers back to Topeka for a special session that convenes Wednesday after she vetoed a sweeping coronavirus bill they approved May 21 before adjourning their annual session. The new bill is similar to the bill Kelly vetoed but differs in enough details for GOP leaders to hope she would sign it. 

Kelly wants lawmakers to extend a state of emergency set to expire June 10.  The new plan extends the existing state of emergency declaration until Sept. 15.