Republican legislators in Kansas ended the state’s mask mandate Thursday, effectively blocking an executive order from Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly that would have kept it in place.
The Legislative Coordinating Council, which is group of eight leading state lawmakers, voted 5-2 along party lines to end Kelly’s mask mandate just hours after she extended it, according to The Kansas City Star. State Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop was not present for the vote, which was conducted virtually.
Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, who is a Republican from Ottawa, said, “The revocation of a one-size-fits-all statewide mandate does not in any way impact any local orders that are in place. The numbers don’t support a statewide mandate at this time.”
Kelly was not thrilled about the vote, saying in a statement, “I’m disappointed that Republican leaders are more motivated by political publicity stunts than working together to protect Kansans and our economy. I know that all of us are ready to get