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Statehouse Live: Senate Judiciary Committee recommends approval of resolutions dealing with school lawsuit, 10th amendment

February 3, 2010, 11:18 a.m. Updated February 3, 2010, 11:51 a.m.

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— Two non-binding resolutions — one telling the federal government to stop intruding on states’ rights, and the other a slap at school districts that sued the state for more education funding — were recommended for approval Wednesday by a Senate committee.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1615 was approved 10-1 by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The measure says the federal government has violated the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says that powers not specifically designated to the federal government are reserved for the states.

The amendment drew some 200 people to a hearing and rally last month in Topeka.

Most members of committee said the measure represented an accurate reflection of public sentiment in Kansas. But state Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, voted against it, saying he sometimes disagreed with the federal government, but didn’t think that warranted a resolution.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1621 was approved 6-5. It says taxpayer funds shouldn’t be used to finance litigation against the state.

The measure was aimed at school districts that successfully sued the state for more school funding, and have filed a motion to re-open that lawsuit because of recent state budget cuts to schools.

Chairman Tim Owens, R-Overland Park, said public entities shouldn’t be blocked from seeking redress in the courts, and noted the state of Kansas often files litigation paid for by taxpayers.

But supporters of the proposal said the public is angry over their tax dollars being used to fund lawsuits for more funding.

Comments

getreal 4 years, 10 months ago

NON BINDING is the key..........this is what the legislature is wasting its time on instead of addressing the budget crisis. Political posturing at its best.

Hawkdad 4 years, 10 months ago

As a member of the public, I'm much more angry that the individuals we sent to Topeka can't seem to do the job. If these people were really doing what we sent them to do, the school districts wouldn't have had to sue them. Get it done or get out and let someone competent do the job.

Hawkdad 4 years, 10 months ago

Some consolidation is absolutely necessary. A quick check of the KSHSAA website shows more than 40 schools with less than 50 kids in the whole high school. On the other hand, I don't believe sending kids to the huge warehouses in Wichita, Derby, or the other 6A schools is a great idea either. Somewhere there's a sweet spot where you can achieve economies of scale without turning it in to a bloated, unwieldy bureaucracy.

Why don't we try something really off the wall? What resources are we wasting? What about all the wasted labor rotting away in our prisons? Either decriminalize petty offenses and get them out of there or put them to work. Or both. How many illegal aliens do we have in this state doing menial tasks? Why don't we have correctional facilities right next to the meat packing plants and truck farms? Pay the inmates and let them send that money to their families and/or save it for when they're released. Or let them pay for education while they're incarcerated. Maybe they'll spend their earnings here in Kansas rather than sending it back to Mexico.

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