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Archive for Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Highlights from the Kansas Legislature

May 3, 2006

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Here's a look at some of Tuesday's activities at the Kansas Legislature:

¢ The Senate passed compromise legislation increasing penalties on sex offenders and allowing for private prisons in the state. The 33-7 vote sends the bill to the House.

¢ The House sent Gov. Kathleen Sebelius a bill requiring people arrested on felony charges to submit a DNA sample. The vote was 119-5.

¢ House and Senate negotiators reach agreement on a bill prohibiting protesters from getting closer than 500 feet to funeral services.

¢ The House included in its school finance bill a provision requiring sex education courses to cover abortion methods and fetal development, but refused to pull a bill from committee to prevent school districts from canceling sex ed classes.

¢ The Senate sent the governor a bill that allows Greeley County and the city of Tribune to begin the process of consolidation. The vote was 40-0.

¢ Olathe isn't likely to get legislative help this year for efforts to attract a new stadium complex for the Kansas City Wizards.

Tuesday was the 85th day of the session, out of 90 scheduled.

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