Archive for Friday, February 11, 2005

Capitol Briefing

February 11, 2005


School finance countdown

61 Days - The state Supreme Court has given lawmakers until April 12 to produce a constitutional school finance plan.

Thursday's Highlights
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, accused Republican budget writers of playing partisan games by adopting a resolution to reject her order to restructure health care programs. Republicans said they needed more information on the proposed overhaul, but Sebelius said her administration had gone great lengths to provide answers.
¢ Democrats took aim at Atty. Gen. Phill Kline, a Republican, for closed-door meetings he held with conservative GOP members of the state Board of Education. Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said the meetings may have violated state law on open meetings, but Kline has denied any wrongdoing.

Today's schedule
8:30 a.m.: Joint Committee on Kansas Security, overview of Homeland Security funding.
9 a.m.: Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, and Sen. Nick Jordan, R-Shawnee, news conference on education proposal.

Quote of the day
"He'll talk the talk, but I'm not sure he is willing to walk the walk." - Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, criticizing Atty. Gen. Phill Kline for holding closed-door meetings with State Board of Education members while stating support for strengthening the state open meetings law.

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