Kansas is the latest state in a string of states to end its statewide mask mandate.
The Kansas state legislature recently passed a law allowing a legislative standing committee to revoke executive orders. The Kansas committee is known as the "Legislative Coordinating Council" or the LCC.
The LCC voted 5-2 to overturn Democratic Governor Laura Kelly's bid to extend a statewide executive order requiring masks.
Wyoming, Mississippi, Texas, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Montana all recently ended statewide mask mandates. Other states like Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, and Missouri never had one.
Three weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate in Texas, the state reportedly hit a record low for COVID-19 cases.
Kansas Gov. Kelly criticized the decision as a departure from a COVID-19 mitigation strategy that was working.