Kansas lawmakers capped off a busy week by passing a invoice barring transgender athletes from competing in women’ and girls’s sports activities.
Senate Invoice 55, often known as the Equity in Ladies’s Sports activities Act, handed the Senate 26-11 Friday after the Home handed it 76-43 Thursday. The invoice says transgender athletes have “an absolute benefit” over feminine athletes and can “seemingly” have efficiency advantages even a 12 months after hormonal remedy or different gender-affirming therapies.
seventeenth District Senator Jeff Longbine of Emporia voted to approve the convention committee report whereas sixtieth District Consultant Mark Schreiber of Emporia voted in opposition to the invoice. 51st District Consultant Ron Highland of Wamego and 76th District Consultant Eric Smith of Burlington each voted for the invoice.
The invoice now goes to Governor Laura Kelly, who has indicated she is going to veto it. The invoice doesn’t have sufficient assist in both chamber to override a governor’s veto at the moment.
Individually, the Kansas Senate Republican Caucus ousted Gene Suellentrop from his place as majority chief on a 22-4 vote after his current arrest on DUI prices and the current launch of a regulation enforcement affidavit detailing the allegations within the case. Suellentrop is accused of dashing whereas wrong-way driving and fleeing from regulation enforcement on Interstate 70 and likewise having a blood alcohol stage of 0.17, or twice the authorized restrict of 0.08. As well as, he allegedly taunted the regulation enforcement officer who pulled him over.
Earlier this week, lawmakers permitted a invoice to decrease the authorized age for hid firearm carry from 21 to 18, though this tentatively doesn’t change present legal guidelines that allow excessive colleges prohibit weapons on their campuses.
The Kansas Senate additionally turned down SB 175, which might let households use public per-student funding for personal college tuition. The invoice had handed the Home earlier.
On prime of all that, lawmakers permitted a invoice limiting the scope of people that can return advance ballots on behalf of different voters. Home Invoice 2183 says folks can deliver ballots on behalf of neighbors, buddies or acquaintances whereas outlawing the apply of candidates carrying ballots. One other invoice, HB 2332, would ban the governor, government department and judiciary from altering state election regulation.