Kansas Republicans voted to end Gov. Laura Kelly’s (D) mask mandate extension just hours after she enacted it.
Kelly extended the state’s COVID-19 mask mandate through May 28. The Kansas Legislative Coordinating Council voted 5-2 along party lines to veto it.
Republican Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch said the revocation of the “one-size-fits-all statewide mandate” won’t impact local orders. “The numbers don’t support a statewide mandate at this time,” he said.
“I’m disappointed that Republican leaders are more motivated by political publicity stunts than working together to protect Kansans and our economy,” Kelly said.
“I know that all of us are ready to get back to normal, but wearing a face-covering will help protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors from the new COVID-19 strains that are wreaking havoc in other states,” she added.