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May 10, 2021Topeka, Kan. |  By: AP

New plan keeps Kansas governor in decisions on COVID funds

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature has backed off 
its effort to remove Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly from final decisions on how federal coronavirus relief funds are spent.

Budget legislation approved Friday gives top lawmakers more say but still allows Kelly to veto their proposals. The State Finance Council has been making the final decisions. It is Kelly and eight top lawmakers.

Frustrated legislators last month approved a measure to give only their leaders the final say, and Kelly vetoed it.

The new plan allows the Finance Council to still make final decisions, but proposals would first be approved by a task force with four of seven members appointed by legislative leaders.