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Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

July 3, 2005

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Highlights of Saturday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

- Legislators adjourned their special session until Wednesday without approving an education funding bill, though House and Senate negotiators were working on a $148.5 million package.

- The Kansas Supreme Court said it will consider cutting off money to the state's public schools because legislators missed a Friday deadline to provide additional money to schools.

- House Republicans still said a school finance bill would not pass unless legislators approved a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to limit judicial power. Democrats and moderate Republicans said an amendment wouldn't be approved.

Also:

Even the session-opening prayers in the House and Senate reflected a desire to see legislators wrap up their special session. The Senate chaplain, the Rev. Fred Hollomon, asked God, "If You have a solution, please reveal it to the leadership."

Clock is ticking:

Saturday was the 11th day of the 20th special session in state history.

Meter is running:

Through Saturday, the estimated cost of the special session was $394,300, according to legislative staff. However, legislators ended this year's regular session on May 20 with about $430,000 left in their budget.

Special Session Snippet:

The average length of the Legislature's past 19 special sessions was 12 days. Ten have lasted fewer than 10 days: 1874, 1884, 1903, 1919, 1923, 1928, 1936, 1964, 1987 and 1989.

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