Archive for Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Capitol briefing

February 22, 2005


School finance countdown

50 days: The state Supreme Court has given lawmakers until April 12 to produce a constitutional school finance plan.


The Kansas Senate rejected abolishing the death penalty, 22-18, and rejected fixing the statute to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court finding that the law was unconstitutional. The state is seeking an appeal of that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • An audit into the state's privatized adoption system found there were unreasonable delays in adoption in some cases but discounted the notion that contractors were holding up "slam-dunk adoptions" because payments for these children were needed to offset the expenses of children who were less likely to be adopted.


"It took politics off the 50-yard line."

-- Retired Kansas Supreme Court Justice Fred Six on the current system of merit selection of justices.


1:30 p.m.: House Federal and State Affairs hearing on House Bill 2300, which is the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act."

3:30 p.m.: House Governmental Organization and Elections hearing on HCR 5006, a constitutional amendment providing access to public records and public meetings.

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