TOPEKA —Governor Laura Kelly held her regularly scheduled press briefing Friday afternoon. She began with comments on the legislative session that ended when lawmakers passed a bill that would shift control of the state’s pandemic response from the governor to legislative leaders.
The sweeping bill was approved by votes of 27-11 in the Senate and 76-34 in the House. The measure reflects Republicans' view that Kelly is reopening the state's economy too slowly and has been too aggressive with restrictions.
Kelly accused GOP lawmakers of trying to “cram” proposal through the Legislature and Democrats were skeptical of the provisions protecting businesses.