Kansas lawmakers pass bill allowing exemptions to vaccine mandates, and the governor will sign it

Kansas vaccine mandates

Lawmakers used a one-day special session in Topeka to approve a bill to allow no-questions-asked exemptions to vaccine requirements and fine Kansas businesses that don't comply. Above, Republican Senate President Ty Masterson speaking during the special session Monday. Photo credit Jim McLean/Kansas News Service.

By Jim McLean 

Republicans in the Kansas Legislature used a one-day special session to pass legislation aimed at circumventing Democratic President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.