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Passage of KS bill on trans athletes won’t be veto-proof

Published: Apr. 9, 2021 at 7:50 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Senate Bill banning transgender athletes from women’s and girls’ school sports is headed to Governor Laura Kelly’s desk.

The Senate approved the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, 26-11, Friday afternoon after the House passed it late Thursday.

Senate Assistant Minority Leader and District 29 Rep. Oletha Faust-Goudeau said, “The governor may veto it, and she may not, a lot of things happen during veto session. One minute you think a bill, a legislation is dead, and then it comes back in a different form.”

Brittney Jones, Director of Advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, said the governor should sign it.

“If she’s truly a feminist, if she truly believes in women’s opportunity this is her chance. SB-55 the fairness in women’s sports act is just about that and the governor should sign it,” she said.

Those against the bill argue it is discrimination against transgender women looking to compete fairly.

Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes spoke on the senate floor about her disapproval of the bill.

“It teaches them to be a leader and my fear is that passing legislation like this is only going to ostracize them more,” she said.

They said financial losses could come to the state with major corporations not wanting to come here anymore -- possibly the NCAA Basketball tournament site in Wichita. Also, that the bill comes from an older generation of voters.

Jones said, “To make the argument that young women and that young people in general do not support opportunities for women is flat out wrong.”

In previous talks, those in favor of the bill spoke about the opportunities they gained that could be lost for the next generation of female athletes in Kansas.

“We had an Olympic athlete speak in committee talking about how important women’s sports that was designated for women to her to achieve and how they prepared her for life,” said Jones. “We’ve had two college athletes from KU who both have said how important Title IX has been for them and how important their opportunity in sports has been.”

Republicans, which control both the house and the senate, don’t appear to have enough support to overcome a possible veto by Gov. Kelly. Kelly typically does not say what she’ll do with legislation before it reaches her desk -- but she has dropped strong hints that she plans to veto such a ban.

“I’m sure the phone calls and emails are going to start to come to all 40 senators and we’ll see. Things might change, they always do in this building,” said Faust-Goudeau.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas conservatives appear likely to push a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girl’s and women’s school sports through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

However, they do not appear to have enough support to overcome a possible veto by Gov. Laura Kelly.

The House approved the bill late Thursday, 76-43. The Senate was expected to follow sometime Friday.

Kelly typically does not say what she’ll do with legislation before it reaches her desk, but she has dropped strong hints that she plans to veto such a ban.

Supporters of the bill were eight votes short in the House of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.

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