Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Vetoes Transgender Sports Ban

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04/22/2021

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, a Democrat, on Thursday vetoed a bill that seeks to prohibit transgender women and girls from participating on sports teams. In announcing her veto, Kelly called Senate Bill 55 “divisive” and harmful to Kansas’ economy. “This legislation sends a devastating message that Kansas is not welcoming to all children and their families, including those who are transgender – who are already at a higher risk of bullying, discrimination and suicide,” Kelly said. “As Kansans, we should be focused on how to include all students in extracurricular activities, rather than how to exclude those who may be different than us. Kansas is an inclusive state and our laws should reflect our values. This law does not do that.” “This bill would also undoubtedly harm our ability to attract and retain businesses. It would send a signal to prospective companies that Kansas is more focused on unnecessary and divisive legislation, than strategic, pro-growth lawmaking,” she said.

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