Kansas Gov. Kelly Vetoes Bill Curbing Power to Mandate Masks, Vaccine Passports
Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a bill to limit the power of state health officials to mandate measures for contagious diseases, including face masks and vaccine passports.
Kelly said the bill went beyond COVID-19 and would considerably limit government response to any infectious disease outbreak.
Senate Bill 34, brought by the Republican-controlled Legislature, sought to curb the power of government agencies as well as state and local health officials in response to COVID-19 mandates imposed during the pandemic.
Amendments to the Kansas Emergency Management Act would prohibit the mandating of protective mask requirements (pdf), except for hospitals and other medical facilities, including nursing homes.
Originally appeared on The Epoch Times