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Dr. Drew Miller, Front, And Other Medical Staff Suit Up In Protective Gear As They Prepare

Dr. Drew Miller, front, and other medical staff suit up in protective gear as they prepare to check potential COVID-19 patients Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in a mak

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Dr. Drew Miller, front, and other medical staff suit up in protective gear as they prepare to check potential COVID-19 patients Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in a makeshift isolation area at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan. The rural 24-bed hospital is currently treating five patients inpatient for COVID-19 as the county has seen a spike in cases due to clusters in nearby meatpacking plants. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Read me: TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas pushed Wednesday to greatly limit Democratic Gov.

Dr. Drew Miller, front, and other medical staff suit up in protective gear as they prepare to check potential COVID-19 patients Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in a makeshift isolation area at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan. The rural 24-bed hospital is currently treating five patients inpatient for COVID-19 as the county has seen a spike in cases due to clusters in nearby meatpacking plants. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas pushed Wednesday to greatly limit Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s power to keep businesses closed during the coronavirus pandemic and give the GOP-controlled Legislature’s leaders the final say over how federal coronavirus relief funds are spent.

GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee included the measures in a bill that the full Senate expects to consider Thursday, when the Legislature is scheduled for one, final day in session this year. Republicans tied their proposals to two must-have measures for Kelly — a formal ratification of Kelly’s previous coronavirus orders and an extension of state of emergency that she declared so that she could legally exercise broad powers.

Dr. Drew Miller, front, and other medical staff suit up in protective gear as they prepare to check potential COVID-19 patients Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in a makeshift isolation area at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan. The rural 24-bed hospital is currently treating five patients inpatient for COVID-19 as the county has seen a spike in cases due to clusters in nearby meatpacking plants. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Read me: TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas pushed Wednesday to greatly limit Democratic Gov.

Dr. Drew Miller, front, and other medical staff suit up in protective gear as they prepare to check potential COVID-19 patients Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in a makeshift isolation area at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan. The rural 24-bed hospital is currently treating five patients inpatient for COVID-19 as the county has seen a spike in cases due to clusters in nearby meatpacking plants. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas pushed Wednesday to greatly limit Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s power to keep businesses closed during the coronavirus pandemic and give the GOP-controlled Legislature’s leaders the final say over how federal coronavirus relief funds are spent.

GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee included the measures in a bill that the full Senate expects to consider Thursday, when the Legislature is scheduled for one, final day in session this year. Republicans tied their proposals to two must-have measures for Kelly — a formal ratification of Kelly’s previous coronavirus orders and an extension of state of emergency that she declared so that she could legally exercise broad powers.

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