KS Supreme Court Grants Coronavirus Ruling Block

People who oppose mask requirements or restrictions on public gatherings imposed by Kansas counties can challenge them in court and obtain a ruling within 10 days because of a decision by the state Supreme Court.

The court said the state for now can enforce a COVID-19-inspired law enacted in March by the Legislature to restrict the power of Governor Laura Kelly and county officials in emergencies.

A judge in Johnson County declared last month that the law violated the state constitution, but state Attorney General Derek Schmidt appealed.

Schmidt also asked the Supreme Court to block the judge’s order while the justices considered the appeal.

The law allows people to sue specifically over mask mandates, limits on public gatherings, and restrictions on business operations or religious gatherings.

It requires a hearing within three days and a ruling seven days later.

The law does not apply to school board decisions.