On Saturday, the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature joined five other states in enacting a bill prohibiting males who identify as females from participating in women’s and girls’ sports, according to the Associated Press.
The GOP does not have the two-thirds majority needed to overturn Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly’s “almost inevitable veto.”
Kelly, who is running for reelection this year, vetoed a bill similar to this one last year, saying that Kansans should be “focused on how to include all students” rather than “excluding those who may be different than us.”
On Friday, the Kansas House voted 74-39 in support of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, falling short of a two-thirds majority. According to the report, about a dozen House members were absent, but at least five were anticipated to vote against the bill.
The Senate cleared the plan 25-13 on Saturday, but Republicans were short two votes to reach the required ratio to overturn Kelly’s expected rejection.
SB 160 would make it illegal for public-sponsored interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic teams or sports to be “based on biological sex.”
According to a congressional report short, the bill applies to all levels of education, including elementary school, and requires sports teams to be labeled “males, men, or boys,” “females, women, or girls,” or “coed or mixed.”
The publication continued, some “dissident Republicans” are hesitating on the idea because “having a ban apply as early as kindergarten is a concern for them.”
Despite the fact that far-left Democrats are intentionally targeting young children with transgender ideology, state Sen. Brenda Dietrich (R) said, “the focus now on, again, the very, very young kids who have no understanding of ‘transgender’ — it just didn’t feel acceptable.”