Capitol Update: Sen. Dinah Sykes says new bills could make it harder to respond to public health crises

Dinah Sykes

"A bill that may get pushed out of committee this week would give legal cover to doctors who favor conspiracy theories over peer-reviewed data and prescribe off-label drugs to treat COVID-19," Democratic Sen. Dinah Sykes writes in this week's Capitol Update column.

Each week during the 2022 Kansas legislative session, we will provide Shawnee Mission area legislators the opportunity to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol.

Below is this week’s submission from Democratic Sen. Dinah Sykes of Kansas Senate District 21, which covers parts of Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park and Shawnee.

I am one of the few senators who still has kids at home. It makes sense – the average age of a Kansas senator is close to 60 years old. So when my youngest’s school district closed in the middle of January due to staff shortages and skyrocketing COVID-19 cases, I did what lots of parents do when they’re forced to scramble for childcare: I brought my kid to work.