Archive for Saturday, March 20, 2004

Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

March 20, 2004

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Highlights of Friday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

  • Senate Republicans unveiled a plan to increase school funding by $65 million, partly with higher liquor taxes, as a House panel endorsed a $92 million proposal.
  • A Senate committee narrowed a key provision in an open records bill before endorsing the measure, drawing strong criticism from the Kansas Press Association.
  • A $10.2 billion state budget advanced out of a Senate committee after members modified Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' proposal for programs serving young children.

Also:

  • A bill imposing minimum health and safety standards for abortion clinics won House approval, but another measure sought by anti-abortion activists failed.
  • A Senate panel's chairman postponed a debate on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage because his meeting room was too small to accommodate the crowd wanting to watch.
  • Senate Majority Leader Lana Oleen said she would offer her own proposal to expand gambling.

Clock is ticking:

Friday was the 68th calendar day of the session, out of 90 scheduled.

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