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S SUPER BOWL INVOLVEMENT

January 26, 1992

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Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, told his Senate colleagues Friday that although the Kansas City Chiefs didn't make it to the Super Bowl, Lawrence will be well represented on the field and in the stands.

On the field will be Jeff Wright, a Lawrence High School graduate who is the Buffalo Bills' nose tackle.

And in the stands will be another local product a drinking cup.

Winter displayed a Super Bowl cup that was manufactured by Packer Plastics Inc., 2330 Packer Rd.

Lawrence Mayor Bob Walters is expected to testify Wednesday against a bill that would require cities to negotiate with public employees under the state's employer-employee relations act.

The meeting on the bill is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Senate Labor and Industry Committee.

Dave Corliss, the city's management analyst, said the city already has a resolution that establishes procedures for negotiating with employee groups.

"The city prefers its own, more-flexible guidelines," Corliss said.

Rep. Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence, has co-signed a House resolution that would let Kansans vote April 7 on whether to ban casinos and Las Vegas-style gambling in the state.

The constitutional amendment would require two-thirds majorities in the House and in the Senate before it could be placed on the ballot.

"As I've talked with people in my district I have become convinced that when they voted on the lottery they had no idea they were approving the possibility of casino gambling in the state as well," Praeger said. The proposed amendment would ban video lottery machines, as proposed by Gov. Joan Finney, would ban riverboat gambling in the state and would prohibit the development of casino gambling in Kansas, including on Indian reservations.

The amendment would narrowly define "lottery" to allow only the numerical selection and ticket games that are now operated under the Kansas Lottery.

Emil Tonkovich, a Kansas University law professor, testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee about proposals for changes to update the state's criminal code. Tonkovich presented the committee with an overview of recommendations that were made in December to the state's Judicial Council in December.

Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he was pleased his committee was able to wrap up testimony on new sentencing guidelines Friday and send the measure to the full Senate.

The bill would overhaul the state's current sentencing laws and create a grid system that would be used by judges to create standard sentences for certain crimes.

"It was a celebration time," Winter said. "It's something that we started in 1989. And it is the biggest policy change that the judiciary committee has dealt with in 10 years."

He said the changes in the bill should, over 10 years, save taxpayers $150 million in prison construction and operations costs.

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