Kansas House sustains Gov. veto on “Parents Bill of Rights,” transgender athlete ban

Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 12:40 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update 1:15 p.m. Governor Kelly’s veto on the bill that would ban transgender athletes in girls and women’s sports at the scholastic and club levels was sustained by the House in an 81-41 vote in favor of the ban. The count failed to meet the 84-vote threshold to override the veto.

The Kansas House of Representatives, after a 72-50 vote Thursday afternoon in favor of an override, sustained Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of SB 58, the “Parents Bill of Rights.” Eighty-four votes were needed to pass the override.

The Kansas Senate voted this week to override the governor’s veto. The bill sought more transparency from teachers and enabled parents to review and object to curriculum or other material available at school. It also would have given parents access to records schools keep on their children.

Supporters of the bill said it puts into state law 12 rights parents have over their children’s education and care. Opponents, including education groups, said the bill is unnecessary and there are other ways for parents to address concerns without a law.

The House was also voting Thursday on the override of Gov. Kelly’s veto of a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing in girls and women’s sports. The Senate overrode that veto in a 28-10 vote this week.

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