TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature backed off its effort to take away Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly from last choices on how federal coronavirus reduction funds are spent.
Finances laws permitted Friday features a provision that offers high lawmakers extra say however nonetheless permits Kelly to veto their proposals. Kansas expects to obtain $4.8 billion from the final federal coronavirus reduction package deal.
Kelly appointed a activity drive final 12 months to suggest how reduction funds needs to be spent, with the State Finance Council making last choices. It’s the governor and eight high lawmakers, six of them presently Republicans.
Kelly calls council conferences, units the agenda and may veto what it approves. Prime Republicans turned pissed off together with her.
Legislators final month permitted a measure to go away last spending choices to a unique, Republican-dominated group of solely legislative leaders. Kelly vetoed that plan, and the Home overrode her motion Monday in an 86-38 party-line vote.
However as GOP negotiated with Kelly on different points this week, they crafted a compromise and dropped into price range laws.
The Finance Council would make last choices about how federal reduction funds, however a activity drive with 4 of seven members appointed by high lawmakers must approve spending first.
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