GOP lawmakers repeal Kansas mask mandate, lawsuits expected against local orders

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas’s statewide mask mandate, already an exemption-filled patchwork, came to an end Thursday, canceled by top Republican lawmakers under a new law that makes it more difficult for health officials to keep COVID-19 precautions in place. A group of leading legislators, known as the Legislative Coordinating Council, voted 5-2 along party lines to overturn Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask mandate hours after she reissued it to fulfill the requirements of the new law. One member of the eight person panel, embattled Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop, was absent for the vote…

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