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Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2005

Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

March 31, 2005

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Highlights of Wednesday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

-- The House approved a plan to boost education funding $127 million annually, sending it to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

-- The education funding plan drafted by Republican lawmakers is an "an insult" that fails to meet a Kansas Supreme Court order to improve the state's public schools, the attorney who won that decision said.

-- A bill allowing casinos in five areas and slot machines at dog and horse tracks won the endorsement of a Senate committee, with supporters pitching it as a way to raise new dollars for education.

Also:

-- A top higher education official described a proposed $11.2 billion budget drafted by legislative negotiators as positive for state universities, but a union didn't like how it treats state employees.

-- The House postponed until at least Thursday a vote on sending the governor a bill strengthening state regulation of abortion clinics.

Clock is ticking:

Wednesday was the 76th day of the session, out of 90 scheduled.

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