Medicaid expansion: Protesters block Senate entrance

Protesters were removed from the Statehouse grounds Tuesday in a bid to pressure legislators to vote on a plan to expand Medicaid. It's unknown if they will be charged with a crime.


State News

March 11, 2020 - 10:58 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Several dozen protesters chanted, laid down on the floor and blocked the Kansas Senate’s main entrance Tuesday, hoping to pressure it into taking a vote on a bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid. 

About 50 people protested at the Statehouse for almost three hours. Capitol police removed 23 protesters from in front of the Senate chamber in an attempt to clear the area. Their cases will be forwarded to the local district attorney for potential prosecution on criminal trespassing or disorderly conduct charges, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol, which oversees the police.

The protesters began by gathering around the rail of the third-floor rotunda and chanting “What do we want? Healthcare! When do want it? Now!” Some of them banged big inflatable sticks together to make a drumming sound that could be heard throughout the building.

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