Panel: Churches can still gather

A legislative panel reversed Gov. Laura Kelly's ban on large church gatherings, which may lead to reversing her bans on all such gatherings. Still, many church leaders said they will not host in-person services for Easter.


State News

April 9, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service /

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas may not have any limits on the number of people who can safely gather — at all. 

In a dramatic rebuke, Republican leaders on the Legislative Coordinating Council voted 5-2 Wednesday to overturn the Democratic governor’s executive order banning churches and funerals from having more than 10 people at services, which followed a wider directive from March 24. 

Kelly did not immediately reinstate a ban on large gatherings, saying her administration was exploring its legal options. But Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release Wednesday evening that the March 24 order “remains in effect.”

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