Kelly vetoes transgender legislation

For the third straight year, the Kansas governor vetoed legislation that would ban transgender girls from playing sports with cisgender girls. It's unclear if the lawmakers have enough votes to override the veto.


State News

March 17, 2023 - 3:39 PM

Gov. Laura Kelly.

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly for the third straight year has vetoed model legislation that would ban transgender girls from playing school sports with cisgender girls.

The Democratic governor said Friday the annual attack on transgender students sends “a signal to prospective companies that Kansas is more focused on unnecessary and divisive legislation than becoming a place where young people want to work and raise a family.

“Let’s be clear about what this bill is all about — politics,” Kelly said. “It won’t increase any test scores. It won’t help any kids read or write. It won’t help any teachers prepare our kids for the real world. Here’s what this bill would actually do: harm the mental health of our students. That’s exactly why Republican governors have joined me in vetoing similar bills.”

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