Gov. Laura Kelly speaks Thursday prior to signing a bill to decriminalize fentanyl test strips. Sitting behind her are (from left) Rep. Stephen Owens, R-Hesston; Rep. Jason Probst, D-Hutchinson; Kevin Kufeldt, addiction services clinical director for Johnson County Mental Health Center; and Libby Davis, whose son died from a fentanyl overdose in 2021.

Finance Council rejects COVID-19 closure settlement

Despite a strictly political vote Thursday afternoon to approve a $4,305 settlement with a Wichita gym/exercise facility, the governor’s vote against the settlement killed the motion at the State Finance Council meeting. The business, Omega Bootstraps, Inc., sought damages for being forced to close during the early weeks of the Kansas Covid-19 pandemic emergency. The ...
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