TOPEKA, Kan. (AP/KCTV) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has vetoed a measure that would have banned transgender athletes from girls' and women's school sports.

The Democratic governor's action Thursday thwarted an effort by conservative Republican lawmakers to make Kansas the latest state with a GOP-controlled legislature to enact such a ban, with more than 20 considering it.

Kelly's veto was widely expected because she had labeled the bill “regressive” and suggested it would hurt the state's ability to recruit businesses.

Conservative Republican lawmakers did not have the two-thirds majorities necessary in both chambers to override a veto when they pushed it to passage earlier this month.

KDP (Kansas Democratic Party) Chairwoman Vicki Hiatt released the following statement after the veto happened:

"SB 55 is a bigoted bill designed by Kansas Republicans to openly bully children while undermining Kansas' economy recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. Divisive policies push talented young people, families, and businesses away from Kansas while hurting our communities and local businesses. Kansas is an inclusive state and we should remain focused on including all students in extracurricular activities. Thanks to Governor Laura Kelly, this regressive and bigoted bill will not come into fruition."

KCTV5.com is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News. 

>> Click/tap here to download our free mobile app. <<


Copyright 2021 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.

Locations

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.