Archive for Thursday, May 29, 2003

Kansas Legislature closes the book on its 2003 session

May 29, 2003

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— It's history.

The Kansas Legislature on Thursday ended the 2003 legislative session without taking up any state business.

The Legislature adjourned May 7, but as is custom met one more day before concluding the session.

Usually the final meeting -- called sine die, which is Latin and means without day -- is a brief conclusion with many legislators returning to Topeka to clean out their desks and offices.

Sometimes issues emerge, such as attempts to override gubernatorial vetoes or the need to quickly reconsider bills that had been approved earlier but contained errors. But none did today.

A majority of the legislators showed up for the final closing. The House took no action, other than to gavel the session to its formal closing. In the Senate the formal closing followed the reading of a proclamation in honor of Sen. U.L. "Rip" Gooch, D-Wichita, who will be 80 in September.

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