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Can Kansas lawmakers override the governor's vetoes?

Kansas lawmakers are back today for a veto override session, after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly rejected multiple bills passed by the GOP-controlled legislature — including a ban on transgender athletes in girls' and women's sports, and a "Parent's Bill of Rights." Overturning those vetoes will be a challenge, but not impossible.

The Kansas Legislature gets back to work after its spring recess and an eventful three weeks. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly signed multiple bills approved by a Republican-controlled legislature into law — such as the state budget and a ban on "sanctuary cities" — and issued some high-profile vetoes. The fate of legislation on transgender athletes, parental involvement in public school curriculum, and plastic bags hang in the balance.

KCUR's Brian Ellison spoke with Tim Carpenter, senior reporter for the Kansas Reflector, about his impressions of this year’s session.

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