Archive for Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

March 24, 2004


Highlights of Tuesday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

-- Legislation permitting a one-year, $92 million increase in school spending mostly through higher local property taxes barely won tentative House approval.

-- A measure allowing Kansans to carry concealed handguns went to the full Senate after being endorsed by the Federal and State Affairs Committee.

-- The House narrowly approved a bill allowing the speed limit to be raised to 75 mph on some Kansas highways.

-- Legislation that sacrifices a promised drop in sales taxes to preserve the state's comprehensive transportation program cleared the House and moved to the Senate.


-- The Senate advanced a bill limiting the ability of cities and counties to take private property and transfer it to a private company.

-- A bill requiring most children to wear seat belts or use safety seats while riding in motor vehicles cleared a House committee.

-- The Senate rejected a proposed one-year moratorium on wind farm development in much of the Flint Hills.

Clock is ticking:

Tuesday was the 72nd calendar day of the session, out of 90 scheduled.

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