A bill increasing penalties for violence against health care providers was sidetracked in the Senate Monday because it's tied to a measure giving them expanded immunity from civil liability for damages arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Senate sent the bill to a conference committee partly because of a House amendment that expanded civil liability for damages, administrative fines or penalties for acts stemming from the response to COVID-19.
The bill drew opposition from Kansans for Health Freedom, an anti-vaccination group that said the bill would protect hospital administrators who "have fought against patients and their . . .