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KASB Legislative Update, Tuesday, April 26

Posted Date: 04/27/2022

KASB Legislative Update, Tuesday, April 26

The Senate on Tuesday overrode Gov. Laura Kelly’s vetoes of the anti-transgender bill and the so-called parents’ bill of rights.

The measures will next go to the House for consideration, but no specific date has been set for those votes. If two-thirds of House members (84 votes) vote to override the vetoes, then the bills will become law.

Meanwhile, the House-Senate conference committee on education went back to work. Senate Republicans and Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee agreed to support the governor’s request for a $30 million increase for special education but House GOP leaders haven’t. The committee also is continuing work on the so-called open enrollment provision that would allow any student to enroll in any district that has capacity. KASB opposes the open enrollment provision, saying those decisions should be left to local school boards.

On the veto overrides, SB 160 would prohibit transgender students from participating on girls K-12 and college teams. SB 58 would establish a list of parents' rights and outline ways for parents to challenge lessons and books.

KASB opposed SB 160, saying that the Kansas State High School Activities Association already had a procedure for participating transgender students and that the bill would open school districts to legal liability. KASB was neutral on SB 58, saying most of the rights in the bill were already established and the legislation had fewer requirements than an earlier bill.

To override a veto in the Senate takes 27 votes. The Senate overrode Kelly’s veto of SB 160 on a 28-10 vote and on SB 58 by a 27-12 margin.

On April 1, SB 160 was approved 74-39 in the House and 25-13 in the Senate. That same day, SB 58 was approved 67-46 in the House and 23-15 in the Senate.

A video recap of Tuesday’s developments can be seen here.