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Kansas’s Republican-led legislature voted Wednesday to rescind Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s coronavirus-related order capping religious assemblies at 10 people the week of Passover and Easter.
Kelly issued the order Tuesday, prompting pushback from some state lawmakers, who accused her of violating religious liberty with the order intended to comply with federal social distancing guidelines. Lawmakers voted along party lines to strike down the order Wednesday, according to The Wichita Eagle.
The article goes on to state the following:
State Attorney General Derek Schmidt had written in a memo Wednesday that the order was likely unconstitutional and discouraged law enforcement from enforcing it.
“In our view, Kansas statute and the Kansas Constitution’s Bill of Rights each forbid the governor from criminalizing participation in worship gatherings by executive order,” Schmidt said in a statement.
Kansas’ Attorney General is telling police they should not enforce Gov. Laura Kelly’s order restricting religious gatherings to no more than 10 people to combat the spread of COVID-19.
He says the order is unconstitutional.
— Jason Hancock (@J_Hancock) April 8, 2020
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