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Archive for Friday, March 5, 2004

Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

March 5, 2004

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Highlights of Thursday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

  • A proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution banning gay marriage won tentative House approval.
  • The House approved and sent the Senate a bill allowing Kansans to carry concealed weapons, but not by a veto-proof majority.
  • A House committee endorsed a proposed social services budget after acrimonious debate over where best to increase spending to help young children.

Also:

  • The Senate approved a bill to allow construction of private prisons in Kansas, sending the measure to the House.
  • A House panel heard testimony on a bill to define fetuses as persons in criminal law to clarify that attacking or injuring them is a crime.
  • A Senate committee heard from Dodge City and Salina school officials about their proposal to increase education funding by $1.03 billion.

Clock is ticking:

Thursday was the 53rd calendar day of the session, out of 90 scheduled.

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