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Kelly signs special session bill into law

In this photo from Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks during an event at...
In this photo from Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks during an event at the Statehouse in Topeka. Kan. The Democratic governor has vetoed a Republican proposal to require students to take a civics test before graduating from high school, calling it "legislative overreach." (AP Photo/John Hanna)(John Hanna | AP)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 2:35 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a bill that will make it easy for workers to claim religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine requirements and promises unemployment benefits to people who are fired after refusing the shots.

The CCR for HB 2001 was passed in a special session of the Kansas Legislature late Monday.

Kelly released the following statement upon announcing the bill’s signing:

“I have been clear that I believe it is too late to impose a federal standard. States have been leading the fight against COVID-19 for nearly two years. I know there are Kansans who believe this legislation goes too far, and there are others who believe this legislation doesn’t go far enough. But I was elected to lead, and leadership means seeking compromise,” Kelly said. “This bill is the result of compromise in action. Now that it is signed, we need to turn our attention towards pressing issues like growing our economy and passing my plan to Axe the Food Tax, so we can put money back into everyday Kansans’ pockets.”

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