Kansas GOP lawmakers vote to repeal Dem governor’s statewide mask mandate

For over a year, a number of Democratic governors have cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification to exert more power, usually in the form of emergency powers granted to them by state legislatures.

However, according to The Epoch Times, a growing number of state-level Republicans have decided to begin the process of taking some of that power back, as evidenced in Kansas, where GOP state legislators voted last week to repeal a mask mandate favored by Gov. Laura Kelly (D).

Among those leading the charge was Kansas House Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch (R), a Republican member who has represented Kansas’ 59th State House District since 2013.

No more need for masks?

According to the Topeka Capital-JournalFinch argued that any need for a statewide rule requiring continued mask usage has now run its course.

“There is no worrying spike today, and no circumstances which justify the continued impositions…of the governor’s overreaching statewide mask mandate,” Finch said.

The Epoch Times noted that data from Kansas’ state health department appears to back Finch’s assertion, as the number of new daily COVID-19 cases declined from 226 on March 22 to 85 cases on April 1.

That apparently wasn’t good enough for Kelly, though, with the governor indicating in a statement that she was “disappointed that Republican leaders are more motivated by political publicity stunts than working together to protect Kansans and our economy.”

“I know that all of us are ready to get back to normal, but wearing a face-covering will help protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors from the new COVID-19 strains that are wreaking havoc in other states,” the governor added.

COVID-19 case numbers drop

Kansas is not the only state to do away with its statewide mask mandate, as Wisconsin’s mask mandate also recently ended. According to UPI, that was a result of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court overturning a mask order issued by Gov. Tony Evers (D).

“The question in this case is not whether the governor acted wisely; it is whether he acted lawfully,” Justice Brian Hagedorn wrote for the majority. “We conclude he did not.”

Arkansas and Texas recently ended their mask mandates, as well. Despite ominous predictions from critics following his move, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) tweeted on March 28 that his state has reported its best COVID-19 numbers to date.

“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,” the governor wrote.

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  1. There was NEVER any “need” for “masks” (face diapers) the only “need” was the NEED TO CONTROL THE PEOPLE, for them to see how much control the citizens would tolerate before they started to “push back” from the “royal decrees” from the communists taking over our Constitutional republic.
    Bow down to a tyrannical “government”, and you better prepare yourselves to forever be on your knees.

    1. I totally agree with you. Never was a need for masks. If all the other kinds of flu and colds and sicknesses are separated, covid isn’t any worse nor deadly than any other deadly flu. If the illnesses are separated, covid numbers would not be anywhere near as high as they they make them out to be. I venture when flu season is over covid will be over!!!

    1. With over 1 MILLION jabbed, and a total of 2.9 MILLION Kansas population, guess that THOUSANDS have had this fake virus,,, it’s TIME TO QUIT WEARING THE FACE DIAPERS PEEPS!!!

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  3. I agree it’s time for all states to move on and for government to give us our God given rights back. They’ve had them far to long. There is no longer a crisis. We are not children. Let us go.

  4. I believe the mask make people sick with the virus. Breathing the same air in and out. I believe their is a virus, but it is way, way over blown. America unite or lay down and be come a part of the sheep they are trying to herd you in to compliance.

  5. Its time this gets done in every state, way over do, all this mask mandate was for is to control people and soon there would be something else they would come up with to control us even more. WE have to stop these dictators in our states and DC from taking over are lives…… WE ARE A FREE COUNTRY.

  6. The sad thing is, the political clowns just think that they are scoring points. Why can’t we all hang on for a few more months like the doctors recommend and get out of the surge cycle. It is not like a mask is some huge inconvenience, as opposed to just following the science and getting out of this. Instead, let’s relive Trump’s – it will just disappear. Dumb then/ Dumb now!!!

    1. You see these so called experts. Do not even follow the science. Read the Danish or Stanford study on masks and the spread of covid. Or talk to someone in charge of OSHA. You’ll be singing a different tune. If they truly were so effective don’t you think 3M or the other manufacturers would jump all over that in their labeling and advertising. The reason they don’t is it would be false advertisement and they could be held liable.

  7. Hey my observations are if you die with covid but got in a terrible accident, was it the accident that killed that person or covid? The numbers are NOT ACCURATE!!

  8. Fauci was the first to say “no mask needed”. But his mind changes with the wind. No one has said that mask do anything other than visual security! The whole virus thing has been a political game. Yes, I know people have died and that is so regrettable. But I dare say if all these people had on mask it would not have made a difference. THE VIRUS should be called by ANOTHER NAME — CONTROL. And Trump was right – it originated in China and they (like Biden at the border) have taken No responsibility.

  9. Just a reminder a genuinely deadly pandemic doesn’t require 24/7 advertising to remind you it exists.
    Real pandemics don’t need marketing campaigns and endless propaganda….. But

    Psychological Operations DO.

  10. When did Arkansas remove the mandatory wearing of masks? I and others still wear them IN buildings aside from my/their OWN home because I didn’t know the mandatory ruling had been overruled. THANK HEAVEN we’re through with it! I and others were ready for it to be done away with a LONG time ago!
    No neighbors ever got the COVID-19, but I do know of a WHOLE *3* people who had it; my brother-in-law’s sister’s grandson in Rogers, AR, my husband’s sister, and her husband who live in Ohio.

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