High court to rule on new council’s authority

The Kansas Supreme Court will decide on a lawsuit from Gov. Laura Kelly, challenging a legislative panel that reversed her ban on church gatherings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The argument centers on whether the reversal, or Kelly's original order, are constitutional.


State News

April 10, 2020 - 2:46 PM

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The battle in Kansas over religious freedom and pandemic control grew more fierce Thursday, clashing over an executive order limiting religious services and funerals to 10 or fewer people. 

Gov. Laura Kelly said she is suing the GOP-led Legislative Coordinating Council that overturned her directive just days before Easter. She believes only the full Legislature can overrule her. She wants the state Supreme Court to take up the issue quickly.

Justices agreed to hear the case today.

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