Archive for Thursday, February 17, 2005

Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

February 17, 2005


Highlights of Wednesday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

-- As committees worked on education funding plans relying on existing state revenues, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' administration said such proposals would create major budget problems in future years.

-- Some House members jumped into a debate over how evolution is taught in public schools, arguing in a resolution that science classes should give students "the full range of scientific views" on the topic.

-- Questioned by senators, Attorney General Phill Kline continued to defend private meetings he had with State Board of Education members last week.


-- A "clunker bill," offering $5 million in refunds to some Kansans who feel they paid too much sales tax on used vehicles, went to the governor thanks to a Senate vote.

-- The Senate gave first-round approval to a bill attacking methamphetamine manufacturing by restricting consumers' access to some cold, flu and allergy medicines.

-- Telephone calls to voters endorsing or opposing a candidate will have to identify their sponsor under a bill the Senate approved unanimously.

Clock is ticking:

Wednesday was the 38th calendar day of the session, out of 90 scheduled.

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