Archive for Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

February 25, 2004

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Highlights of Tuesday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

-- Legislation intended to speed Kansas Supreme Court review of a judge's ruling on school finance headed to the governor.

-- The Senate tentatively approved a bill reaffirming that elected officials may spend money raised for one campaign to run for another office.

Also:

-- Three men who left school in 1933 to become legislative pages returned to the Kansas House to be introduced by Speaker Doug Mays.

-- Senators tentatively approved a bill making life in prison without parole an alternative to the death penalty in capital cases.

-- Republicans prevented Senate passage of a Democratic proposal to ban contributions from the insurance industry to candidates for insurance commissioner.

-- The House Transportation Committee's chairman said he still is seeking a compromise on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' plan to issue $465 million in highway bonds.

Clock is ticking:

Tuesday was the 44th calendar day of the session, out of 90 scheduled.

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