Attempt To Ban Transgender Athletes From School Sports Fails In Kansas Senate


By Sherman Smith – Kansas Reflector

TOPEKA — The Senate-led charge to ban transgender athletes from school sports crumbled Monday when an effort to override the governor fell one vote shy of the required two-thirds majority.

The session-long drama ended in a rambling speech from Sen. David Haley, a Democrat from Kansas City who tried to avoid voting but was forced to do so through a parliamentary procedure.

“This is probably the most difficult vote I’ve had to take,” Haley said.

With the vote stalled at 26-13, one shy of total needed for an override, Haley joined Democrats and three Republicans who opposed the measure as a discriminatory attack on a vulnerable population.

“David Haley can’t win this discussion, this debate, because I do fully understand 50-50 where we are,” Haley said. “Having said that, I join the minority in this particular vote.”

Senate Bill 55 would have required participation in K-12 and college sports to correspond with an individual’s gender as assigned at birth. The legislation was written, defended, and promoted by faith-based anti-LGBTQ groups across the country this year.

Senate Republicans who supported the bill contend the legislation has nothing to do with discrimination and was merely an attempt to preserve fairness in competition.

Senate President Ty Masterson pointed to recent remarks by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete, who voiced support for the controversial model bills. Masterson also renewed claims that he was being bullied by the NCAA and businesses who threatened to direct economic activity away from Kansas.

“Fairness for my girls is not for sale,” Masterson said. “It shouldn’t be controversial.”

Sen. Brenda Dietrich, R-Topeka, Sen. John Doll, R-Garden City, and Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Wichita, joined the chamber’s 11 Democrats in voting against the bill.

Because the Senate attempted the override first, and failed, the House didn’t take action.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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