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Kansas and Missouri Move To Limit Emergency Management Powers In Wake Of Pandemic

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The bill to limit the authority of local health departments in issuing emergency orders died on the Missouri Senate floor this week.

Lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri worked to limit the power of certain officials at the state and local levels to take emergency actions during a public health crisis.

The Kansas Legislature passed Senate Bill 40 which curbs the governor and other state officials' power to declare emergency measures. Meanwhile a similar bill, with provisions to do the same for county officials in Missouri, died this last week in the legislature..

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