Governor urges civility for Kansans

Gov. Laura Kelly pushes for vigilance in the fight against COVID-19. She also wants Medicaid expansion and cooperation between opposing legislative leaders.

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January 13, 2021 - 9:25 AM

“Typically, I would deliver the State of the State address to the legislature and the public from the House Chamber in the Capitol building,” Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said in a video posted to her Facebook and YouTube channels on Jan. 12. “But, these aren’t typical times.” Photo by (Screen capture by Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA, Kansas — Gov. Laura Kelly continued to push for vigilance in the fight against the coronavirus and tried to combat skepticism of the vaccine as she laid out her goals on Tuesday for 2021.

The Democratic governor used her State of the State speech to push for Medicaid expansion — a greater longshot than ever — and asked lawmakers for civility as she prepares for a legislative session where she faces an even more conservative Republican majority in the Kansas Statehouse.

Kelly mourned the more than 3,000 Kansans who have died of COVID-19. She urged people to continue to take precautions and get the vaccine.

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