The Farm Bureau's health benefit plan was politically precarious for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.
Sign the bill and risk alienating parts of her base that thought the Farm Bureau health plan - exempt from federal and state regulations - was "junk insurance."
Veto the bill and go to battle with a Legislature that just might have had an enough votes for a veto override. A veto also risked angering a politically potent group that didn't take sides against her in last fall's governor race.
Kelly walked a safer path on Friday, letting the bill become law without her signature . . .
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