Aide says lawmakers plan may slow Kansas emergency response


A top aide to Gov. Laura Kelly warned legislators Thursday that a proposal to curb the power of the governor and other Kansas officials could seriously hamper the state’s response to future public health emergencies.

Kelly chief of staff Will Lawrence also urged legislators to extend a state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawrence objected to key portions of a bill that would rewrite the state’s emergency management laws.

He said the oversight by the attorney general and the Legislature required by the bill could delay a response to an emergency. Lawmakers remain skeptical of that argument.