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Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

March 15, 2006

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— Highlights of Tuesday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

¢ A day after one Senate panel endorsed a school finance package, another committee advanced a gambling bill that leaders hope will cover the bulging education price tag.

¢ House members voted 90-33 on a bill to allow law-abiding Kansans to carry concealed weapons. The action sent the bill back to the Senate, which is expected to concur with House changes and send the bill to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who said she is likely to veto it, as she did a similar measure in 2004.

¢ Senators tentatively approved a nonbinding resolution declaring that the picketing of funerals of slain soldiers by the Rev. Fred Phelps and members of his Westboro Baptist Church is "extremely egregious and offensive."

Also:

¢ A House committee endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment making it clear that only the Legislature has the power to appropriate money.

¢ Several hundred people gathered at the Statehouse to promote civil rights and benefits for Hispanics.

¢ Bills to rename portions of Kansas highways for veterans of World War I, Vietnam veterans and former Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder were tentatively approved by the Senate.

¢ House members adopted a resolution praising Fort Scott native Gordon Parks for his contributions as a director, writer and photographer. Parks died last week and will be buried Thursday in his hometown.

Clock is ticking:

Tuesday was the 65th day of the session, out of 90 scheduled. The count includes weekends because legislators still get paid.

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