The Republican-led Kansas State Senate was unable to override Democrat Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of a bill that would inhibit transgender athletes to sports that correspond only to their birth gender.
The bill would have vetoed athletes born as males from playing in girls’ sports in state-run schools. Kelly vetoed the bill in April. “As Kansans, we should be fixated on how to include all students in extracurricular activities rather than how to omit those who may be different than us,” Kelly verbally expressed in her veto message. “Kansas is an inclusive state and our laws should reflect our values.”
This week, though, the state Senate could not override the governor’s veto achieving only a vote of 26-14. The Senate needed a two-thirds majority to pass the bill into law, according to KWCH. The Republicans hold the majority in the state Senate 29 to the Democrat’s 11.
Kansas is one of proximately half the states considering some form of restriction on transgender athletes. Republican governors in Arkansas, Mississippi, West Virginia, South Dakota, and Tennessee have already signed their bills into law.
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