Kansas lawmakers, most of them Republicans, voted this week to repeal the state’s mandatory facemask requirement imposed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, becoming the last of 19 states to refuse to extend or re-impose the mask mandate.
The Kansas state legislature recently passed a law allowing a Legislative Coordinating Committee to overturn executive orders that are not deemed appropriate for the common good. Using this new legal tool, the committee overturned Governor Kelly’s recent ruling through which she extended facial coverage mandating protocols.
“There is no spike of concern today, and there are no circumstances to justify the continued impositions…of the governor’s overreaching statewide mask mandate,” said state House Speaker Blaine Finch, a Republican, according to the local Topeka Capital-Journal.
For his part, President Biden on Monday called on local authorities to uphold mandates to wear face masks. “I reiterate my call to all governors, mayors and local leaders to uphold and reinstate the mask mandate,” Biden said.
Kelly and other Democratic advocates of erratic policies to deal with the CCP Virus, in line with their political leader, have criticized the Kansas Republican lawmakers’ repeal without granting further argument.
With the Council’s decision, Kansas joins the long list of states that repealed or never imposed legislation requiring their citizens to wear face masks. In parallel, the governors of Wyoming, Mississippi, Texas, Alaska, and Montana announced this week that they would not re-impose mask mandates despite emotional pleas from the White House.
Just this week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state’s mandatory mask mandate imposed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in a 4-3 ruling.
After Evers required that all men and women in the state wear face masks, allegations of overreach reached the Supreme Court, which objected to the governor’s legal position, arguing that “The question in this case is not whether the governor acted wisely; it is whether he acted lawfully. We conclude that he did not,” wrote Justice Brian Hagedorn in his ruling.
More and more states are deciding to resist Democratic and leftist pressures to force their citizens to wear masks, close their businesses, and gather with family and friends, arguing “to care for the health of their citizens.”
One of the pioneer governors to rebel against the measures was Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, who lifted his state’s loophole mandate and fully enabled economic activity in early March. Three weeks after the governor’s decision, the number of cases reached an all-time low.
Today the 7-day Covid positivity rate dropped to a new recorded low: 4.95%
Hospitalizations dropped to a 6 month low
This week we have 1 million 1st vaccines available
Everyone now qualifies for a shot. They are highly recommended to prevent getting Covid but always voluntary
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 28, 2021
There are now almost 20 states free of face masks, where their citizens have been released from the mandatory use of face masks and will be able to wear them at their own will, intention and responsibility.