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Sept. 25, 2020Topeka, Kan. |  By: AP

COVID-19 has Kansas lawmakers pondering broader oversight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - 
Republican legislators in Kansas have started pushing to give more of their colleagues a say in how the state manages protracted emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. Their discussions Thursday came after months of conflict between GOP lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.

A Republican-led legislative committee studying the state's emergency management laws agreed Thursday that the GOP-controlled Legislature should consider creating a new panel with permanent oversight of how the governor handles months-long emergencies.

The study committee also said lawmakers should look at making it easier for them to reconvene later in the year after their annual spring session has concluded.