Kansas lawmakers likely to pass bill on transgender athletes


Kansas state Rep. Kristey Williams, R-Augusta, makes a point during negotiations between the House and Senate over a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s school sports, Thursday, April 8, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Williams supports the measure, arguing it protects fair competition and opportunities for female athletes. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — LGBTQ-rights advocates in Kansas are relying on Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly or the courts to block a ban on transgender athletes in girls’ or women’s school sports.

Conservatives on Thursday moved to push the proposal through the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Republican negotiators for the state House and Senate on education issues have agreed to strip an unrelated bill of its contents, drop in the proposed ban and send the measure to both chambers for an up-or-down vote this week.

The resulting measure will probably pass, given both chambers’ GOP supermajorities and conservative leaders.

Kelly has signaled that she will veto the measure.

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