Kansas lawmakers push efforts to limit refugees

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House has voted to send back to committee a measure allowing the governor to place a moratorium on accepting refugees into communities that don’t have enough health services or law enforcement to accommodate them.

Representatives voted 72-39 on Thursday to have the House Federal and State Affairs Committee reconsider the bill.

The vote came after House members introduced several amendments and raised questions about implications of the measure.

Supporters say the bill would codify into state law certain federal requirements related to state agencies involved in the resettling of refugees.

FSA Committee Chairwoman Jan Pauls, a Hutchinson Republican, said the measure was important and that she would seek to schedule another hearing this session.


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