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Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

March 2, 2006

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Highlights of Wednesday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

¢ Two weeks after rejecting the measure on a tie vote, the House Federal and State Affairs Committee endorsed a bill repealing a 2004 law that gives undocumented immigrants a tuition break at state colleges and universities.

¢ As Senate leaders prepared to debut their education funding plan, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius talked up legislators' progress but acknowledged she isn't sure their efforts will please the Kansas Supreme Court.

¢ The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee decided to send a strong message that the Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers who picket funerals of U.S. soldiers don't represent how Kansans feel, adopting a resolution to that effect.

Also:

¢ The Senate approved, 36-4, a bill granting most state workers a pay raise. Employees outside the civil service system would see their pay rise 2.5 percent; increases would vary for civil service workers.

¢ The House Select Committee on School Finance had the first of two days of hearings on a plan drafted by the chamber's leaders to phase in a $500 million education funding increase over three years.

¢ After a meeting of the nation's governors, Sebelius said President Bush is aware of concerns about Kansas National Guard equipment being left in Iraq without being replaced, though she worries about how it affects the state's emergency prepardness.

Clock is ticking:

Wednesday was the 52nd day of the session, out of 90 scheduled.

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