Kansas lawmakers push COVID relief for businesses

COVID Relief

Kansas lawmakers have advanced a plan to provide hundreds of millions of dollars to state businesses hurt by coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

They're also poised to give leaders the final say over how the federal COVID-19 relief funds are spent. The state Senate voted 26-13 on Tuesday to approve a bill to set aside $700 million in federal coronavirus relief funds for small businesses.

The Senate is expected to override Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a measure leaving to top lawmakers the final decisions on spending $4.8 billion in federal funds that Kansas expects to receive. The House voted Monday to overturn the veto.