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Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Hears Bill Limiting Local and State Powers

Frontline Healthcare Workers (Feb. 16, 2024) - Yesterday, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by Senator Beverly Gossage (R-Eudora), met to hold a hearing on Senate Bill 391 -  Enacting the constitutional right to health freedom act to regulate the activities of the secretary of health and environment related to public health functions; repealing statutes relating to the secretary’s authority to quarantine individuals and impose associated penalties.

The committee heard from the following proponents: 

  • Senator Mark Steffan (R-Hutchinson)
  • William Mize, Kansans for Health Freedom
  • Debbie Mize, Kansans for Health Freedom
  • Michelle Eagleman, Individual
  • Dr. Gayln Perry
  • Debbie Detmer, Individual
  • Connie Newcome, Individual
  • Melissa Campbell, Individual
  • Julie Pennington, Individual

Opponent testimony was provided by the following:

  • Ashley Goss, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Heather Braum, Kansas Action for Children
  • William Wilk, Sr, Kansas Chamber of Commerce
  • Randy Bowman, Kansas Association of Local Health Departments
  • Tara Mays, Kansas Hospital Association