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Kansas Governor Signs Bill Allowing Broad Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a bill that allows workers to be exempt from COVID-19 vaccine mandates if getting vaccinated would endanger their health or violate their religious beliefs. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill in a special session on Monday. The Democrat governor signed it on Tuesday. Kelly is one of the few prominent Democrats to voice opposition to President Joe Biden’s private employer vaccine mandate and reiterated her stance in a statement after she signed House Bill 2001. “I have been clear that I believe it is too late to impose a federal standard. States have been leading the fight against COVID-19 for nearly two years. I know there are Kansans who believe this legislation goes too far, and there are others who believe this legislation doesn’t go far enough. But I was elected to lead, and leadership means seeking compromise,” Kelly said. “This bill is the …

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