Republican Lawmakers in Kansas Revoke Mask Mandate

Kansas lawmakers voted along party lines last week to rescind the state’s coronavirus mask mandate despite a bid by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s attempts to extend it, becoming the latest Republican-led state to refuse to extend or reimpose requirements to wear facial coverings. After the Kansas state legislature recently approved a law permitting the Legislative Coordinating Council—a legislative standing committee—to revoke executive orders, the panel decided in a 5-2 party-line vote to overturn the mask mandate immediately after Kelly took executive action (pdf) to prolong the protocols. “There is no worrying spike today, and no circumstances which justify the continued impositions … of the governor’s overreaching statewide mask mandate,” said state House Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, a Republican, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Democrats opposed a rollback, arguing that it’s too soon, given the emergence of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus mutations and that the outbreak remains a threat. “It …

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