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Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

February 22, 2006

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Highlights of Tuesday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

¢ The House sent Gov. Kathleen Sebelius a bill giving mothers nursing their infants in public some protection from harassment. The vote was 119-4.

¢ The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee endorsed a bill restricting picketing and protesting at funerals after reworking it to overcome concerns about encroaching on freedom of speech.

¢ House Speaker Doug Mays, R-Topeka, said the chamber would be ready Thursday to unveil its proposal to finance public schools, phasing in a funding increase of somewhere around $500 million.

Also:

The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee considered a bill to put limits on signs for sexually explicit businesses along state roadways, but took no action.

A bill to make probable cause affidavits open to the public was rejected by the House Governmental Organization and Elections Committee. It endorsed a bill allowing for executive sessions of public bodies to be recorded.

Clock is ticking:

Tuesday was the 44th day of the session, out of 90 scheduled. The count includes weekends because legislators still get paid.

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