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June 3, 2020Topeka, Kan. |  By: AP

GOP leaders work to sell COVID-19 deal with Kansas governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature are working to sell a compromise with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly for giving lawmakers some oversight of the state's coronavirus response.

Some Democrats on Wednesday wanted new protections for workers infected on the job, and advocates of expanding the state's Medicaid program hadn't given up on passing it. Some Republicans thought their leaders went too far in compromising with Kelly.

The Legislature convened for a special session called by Kelly after she vetoed a sweeping coronavirus bill GOP lawmakers approved in May moments before adjourning their annual session. Her staff and top Republicans negotiated a new plan.