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Andrew Bailey speaks to Capitol reporters and to others after being sworn-in as Missouri's 44th attorney general on January 3, 2023 (file photo courtesy of Governor Parson's Flickr page)

Missouri attorney general urges Kansas City police to enforce transgender care restrictions law

(AP) Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey is urging Kansas City police to enforce a state law that bans transgender health care for minors after the city’s police chief said earlier this week that the department will not do so.

Bailey sent a letter Wednesday to the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners, which controls the police department, saying the board has a constitutional duty to enforce the law. He also objected to Kansas City recently declaring itself a sanctuary city for people seeking transgender care.

Police Chief Stacey Graves said in a statement earlier this week that the law is outside the department’s jurisdiction because it does not pertain to criminal conduct.

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