Key issues • Kansas

Kansas voters to decide on a Republican-backed limit of the governor’s power

Lawmakers have made a proposal to voters in Kansas: Give us more power. Take away clout from the governor.

A proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution would create a legislative veto — effectively giving the right to lawmakers to cancel regulations imposed by state agencies even when those rules put into practice the laws passed by the Legislature.

Regulatory powers historically have defined a key function of executive branches. If the measure on the Nov. 8 passes, state agencies would find themselves newly accountable — critics might say beholden — to lawmakers.

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