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Archive for Friday, April 2, 2004

Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

April 2, 2004

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Highlights of Thursday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

  • The Senate rejected two school finance plans, both of which would have raised the sales tax to benefit elementary and secondary education.
  • Legislation allowing Kansans to carry concealed handguns went to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has said she won't sign the bill in its current form.
  • A compromise budget for state government that trims overall spending by three-tenths of 1 percent went to Sebelius.

Also:

  • A bill giving juries the option of sentencing someone to life in prison without parole cleared the Legislature.
  • Rep. Bill Reardon, D-Kansas City, the Legislature's longest-serving member, announced that he is not seeking re-election.

Clock is ticking:

Thursday was the 77th calendar day of the session, out of 90 scheduled.

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