Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has rescinded a prior 2007 executive order from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, which had barred discrimination against gays and lesbians in hiring and employment throughout much of state government.
Brownback also issued a separate executive order which includes language to encourage employment practices of veterans and people with disabilities.
“Any such expansion of ‘protected classes’ should be done by the legislature and not through unilateral action,” Brownback said. “The order also reaffirms our commitment to hiring, mentoring and recognizing veterans and individuals with disabilities.”
The news release from the Governor’s office went on to say the order “reaffirms the commitment of the State of Kansas to employment practices which do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry or age. It further establishes that state entities will implement employment management practices for veterans and disabled individuals that include outreach, hiring, support, mentoring, development, rewards and recognition for achievement.”
The change in employment policy was part of several actions included in the executive order. It also abolishes several advisory groups, which the Governor says are inactive or duplicate other efforts.