Kansas Senate’s caving to anti-vaxxer shameful

Republican legislators advanced legislation that allows parents to excuse their children from vaccinations required by public schools and childcare centers.

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February 11, 2022 - 3:52 PM

Senate President Ty Masterson convinced Republican members to advance Sen. Mark Steffen's anti-vaccine bill in return for his vote for a new redistricting map. (KANSAS REFLECTOR/SHERMAN SMITH)

The headline was that Kansas legislators overturned Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a new Congressional District voting map.

But the real news was that to get enough votes, Senate Republicans agreed to appease the anti-vax whims of Sen. Mark Steffen of Hutchinson.

It was a classic quid pro quo. I’ll vote for your measure if you advance mine.

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