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Archive for Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

February 8, 2006

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Highlights of Tuesday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

¢ Legislation allowing law-abiding Kansans to carry concealed guns was sent to the Senate floor, but it's similar to a proposal spiked by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius two years ago.

¢ Students at Board of Regents universities could get lower-cost health insurance under a bill tentatively approved in the House, but the coverage would not pay for abortions.

¢ Superintendents from four north-central Kansas school districts urged the Senate Education Committee to continue financial incentives for local schools to consolidate with neighbors.

¢ A bill touted as a way to increase competition for cable television companies and lower consumers' costs started what one key senator said was a battle of big corporate gorillas.

Also:

¢ The House Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee heard testimony on a bill to make affidavits that lead to arrest warrants public and sent the measure to a subcommittee.

¢ The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee decided to take an extra week to work on a bill to ban picketing and protest marches within 300 feet of a funeral service, to make sure that it is constitutional.

¢ The Senate Judiciary Committee continued working on a bill to make cruelty to animals a felony.

Clock is ticking:

Tuesday was the 30th day of the session, out of 90 scheduled.

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