Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2001

Lawmakers lingering for last business

May 31, 2001


— Legislators will ceremoniously fold the tents for another session today, but their work for fiscal year 2002 is far from complete.

The occasion is the formal end of the session, where leaders officially adjourn the Legislature until January.

While attendance is traditionally sparse, leaders are prepared to do a little business if enough members are present.

House Speaker Kent Glasscock said Wednesday he expected at least a few attempts to override some of Gov. Bill Graves' vetoes of budget cuts for fiscal year 2002, which begins July 1.

"We're calling members to let them know that there may be some work to do," said Glasscock, R-Manhattan.

It takes 84 of the 125 House members and 27 of 40 senators to override a veto. Leaders were not sure how many members would attend today, but thought there would be enough to force a vote.

Last week, Graves made 22 vetoes in the state's final spending bill. The vetoes totaled more than $56 million, most in spending cuts for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Some of the vetoes also restored cuts in spending for several state agencies, such as $1.3 million for the Department of Administration and $850,000 for the Kansas Water Office to implement a state water plan.

House Minority Leader Jim Garner said Wednesday that his office is calling Democrats to let them know about the possibility of recorded votes in which they should participate.

Senate President Dave Kerr said that although his chamber disagreed with some of the vetoes, he doubted senators would attempt to override any.

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