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.
- 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.