Kansas Legislature Fails to Override Governor’s Trans Athlete veto

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Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal Rep. Stephanie Byers, D-Wichita, speaks with reporters on a vote to sustain Gov. Laura Kelly's veto on a bill barring transgender athletes from women's sports. Byers is the first transgender legislator in the state's history.

In a contentious session, Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of the legislatures anti-trans sports bill was sustained by one vote Monday.

Three Republicans and an absent Democrat joined with others to continue allowing transgender girls the same opportunities afforded the rest of academia.

In a tense vote Monday, the Kansas Senate nearly garnered enough votes to move forward with overturning the veto, reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. Members ultimately fell one vote shy of the 27-member threshold needed to override, with three Republican members opting to oppose the legislation.

But it was a Democratic senator, Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, Kan. who ultimately decided the bill’s fate. Haley said after the vote the potential economic impacts of the legislation were what prompted him to side with the opposition.

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