Republicans in Kansas were fed up and hours after Governor Laura Kelly extended a statewide coronavirus mask mandate it was shut down.
Last week, lawmakers passed a bill that allows the legislator to repeal the governor’s executive orders, those orders have been abused by Democrat governors since last March.
Democrat Governor Laura Kelly extended the mandate through May 28, 2021 however the state’s Legislative Coordinating Council voted 5-2 to cancel immediately cancel it.
Similar to Texas, the revocation of the mandate ends the “one-size-fits-all statewide mandate” according to Republican Speaker Pro Term Blaine Finch. Who said, “the numbers don’t support a statewide mandate at this time,” but will have no impact on local orders.
Counties in Kansas will have the option to require masks if they feel they are necessary.
In a joint statement Finch and other Republicans said that health mandates should be “short-term, data-driven and reserved only for pressing emergency situations.”
“They should not be used to dictate Kansans’ daily lives year after year,” the statement said according to KSAL-TV in Salina, Kansas.
Kelly said that Republican leaders are “more motivated by political publicity stunts than working together to protect Kansans and our economy.”
She said she understand people want to move on but believes wearing mask is important to “help protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors from the new COVID-19 strains that are wreaking havoc in other states.”
Kansas is now one of the 17 states without a statewide mask mandate.
Republican lawmakers in the State of Pennsylvania are also planning to stop their governor was well. On May 18, voter will decide on two constitutional amendments on the governor’s emergency powers.
The first amendment will limit the governors ability to extend emergency powers beyond 21 days without the approval of the legislator. The second amendment will allow the legislature to extend or terminate an emergency declaration by resolution.
April 5, 2021
ARTICLE SOURCE: newsthud.com