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Archive for Sunday, May 6, 2001

Senator, representative trade barbs on school negotiations

May 6, 2001

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— Negotiators took Saturday off from their deliberations on a bill to allocate $2.26 billion to public education.

House members said the differences are few and will be resolved, while senators grew impatient over what they viewed as delaying tactics.

Rep. Ralph Tanner, lead House negotiator, labeled "ridiculous" the suggestion that representatives were stalling.

"This is an example of anxiety that seizes people under pressure," said Tanner, R-Baldwin.

Tanner noted that the conference committee was scheduled to meet this afternoon.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, accused Tanner and House Speaker Kent Glasscock of deploying delay tactics.

"Perhaps the House Republican leaders are waiting to further cut the budget on the backs of the schoolchildren of Kansas," said Hensley, one of three Senate negotiators.

Senators heavily amended a House bill to add their school finance plan and approved it April 28 on a 23-17 vote. The House has not voted on a school finance bill this session but agreed to negotiations.

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