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Archive for Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

January 21, 2004

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— Highlights of Tuesday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

  • Attorney General Phill Kline told lawmakers he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to add $25 million to what Colorado owes Kansas in their dispute over the Arkansas River.
  • The state had "unrealistic expectations" when it began its comprehensive transportation plan, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said in touting a $465 million bond issue.
  • Two Republican legislators discussed a proposal that they say could make Kansas a leader in biosciences and add a new dimension to the state's economy.

Also:

  • Two senators said they have drafted a bill to allow a quick appeal of a district judge's ruling on school finance to the Kansas Supreme Court.
  • Kline promised to draft a proposal to keep sales of discount cigarettes from cutting into the state's revenues from a legal settlement with major tobacco companies.

Clock is ticking:

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

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