TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas conservatives appear likely to push a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girl’s and women’s school sports through the Republican-controlled Legislature.
But they don’t appear to have enough support to overcome a possible veto by the Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. The House approved the bill late Thursday, 76-43. The Senate was expected to follow sometime Friday.
Kelly typically does not say what she’ll do with legislation before it reaches her desk, but she has dropped strong hints that she plans to veto such a ban.
Supporters of the bill were eight votes short in the House of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.
Supporters argued that they’re preserving decades of hard-won opportunities for “biological” girls and women to compete in K-12 sports and win college athletic scholarships. But the state’s first transgender lawmaker called the push for the bill “heart-breaking.”