Kansas legislators close to gaining control over COVID relief funds


Kansas legislators are poised to give their leaders the final say over how Kansas spends federal coronavirus relief funds.

Some also pushed Tuesday to set aside nearly $2 billion of that money for small businesses. The Senate is expected to override Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a provision in budget legislation leaving to lawmakers the final decisions on spending $4.8 billion in federal funds.

The House voted 86-38 on Monday to overturn the veto. The Senate also is considering a bill to set aside nearly $1 billion of the state's COVID-19 relief funds another $1 billion earmarked for cities and counties to compensating small businesses.