(May 16, 2022) – On Friday, Governor Laura Kelly vetoed the following bills:
- Substitute for Senate Bill 34 prohibits a government entity or public official from issuing or requiring a COVID-19 vaccination passport, from ordering or requiring any individual to wear a face mask, although there is an exception for the face mask provisions for adult care homes and hospitals. The legislation further limits the ability of the governor and local public health officials to limit gatherings, businesses and religious services. In addition, the legislation excludes law enforcement from having to administer or distribute any orders relating to infectious diseases. The bill also prohibits the Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary from requiring a test or inoculation for admission to attend a school that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not fully approved. The bill had passed the Senate on a vote of 23-17 and the House on a vote of 64-53.
- House Bill 2387 limits the executive branch from issuing requests for proposals for new contracts for the state's MCOs who administer the medical assistance program. The bill also removes the authority of the governor to prohibit attending or conducting religious and worship services. The legislation passed the Senate on a vote of 26-12 and the House on a vote of 84-38.
The bills need a two-thirds majority of both the House and Senate chambers to see a veto override by the Legislature when they return on May 23.