TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Kansas lawmakers moved forward on a pair of bills that passed both houses last year before being vetoed by the governor.
The House Education Committee passed the Equity in Women’s Sports Act. House Bill 2238 would ban trans students who identify as girls from participating in women’s sports. We go to the plenary vote on Thursday.
The education committee also passed House Bill 2236 commonly known as the Parents’ Bill of Rights. The bill would allow parents to object to any educational materials they deem objectionable or go against their personal beliefs. It also passes to a full vote in the House.
Kansas Senators in the Committee on Public Health and Welfare passed a “Women’s Bill of Rights” Wednesday night.
Senate Bill 180 legally defines biologically male and female and allows such distinctions to be made for governmental purposes. Targets listed in the legislation include athletics, detention facilities, shelters for victims of domestic violence or rape, locker rooms, and restrooms.
The bill will be put to a vote before the full Senate.
The Kansas House and Senate each gave initial approval to ballot laws on Wednesday. House Bill 2056 ends the three-day grace period for mail-in ballots to arrive at local polling offices. Lawmakers implemented it in 2017, to account for any delays in mail delivery for ballots postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. In the Senate, Senate Bill 208 was amended to eliminate polling boxes. It’s advanced. Final votes are expected on Thursday.