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Gov. Laura Kelly questions Biden vaccine mandates

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FILE – In this Wednesday, July 28, 2021, file photo Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

LAKE QUIVIRA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is suggesting that mandates like those imposed by the federal government for vaccinating workers against COVID-19 aren’t likely to work.

But she also promised Thursday to look for what she called a Kansas-focused way to meet them. Her comments after a Kansas City-area event were her first public statements on the vaccine mandates.

She noted that Kansas has focused on encouraging people to get vaccinated instead of trying mandates and then told reporters that, in her words, she understands that those kinds of things tend not to work.

She also called the mandates tough to deal with after states developed their own coronavirus responses.

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