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Archive for Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Statehouse Live: House gives first-round approval to state grass

March 3, 2010, 12:18 p.m. Updated March 3, 2010, 12:26 p.m.

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— The Kansas House on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would designate little bluestem as the official state grass.

The 30-minute debate was dominated by amendments proposing different grasses, and comments from legislators who said the House was wasting time.

 State Rep. Tom Moxley, R-Council Grove, brought some little bluestem grass to the House on Wednesday during debate on a bill to make it the state grass of Kansas. The bill gained preliminary approval after amendments were defeated in support of other grasses.

State Rep. Tom Moxley, R-Council Grove, brought some little bluestem grass to the House on Wednesday during debate on a bill to make it the state grass of Kansas. The bill gained preliminary approval after amendments were defeated in support of other grasses.

“Let’s get her done,” and work on more important matters, state Rep. Bill Otto, R-LeRoy, said, His comment prompted people in the House gallery to erupt in applause. State government is in the middle of a budget crisis, with legislators looking at a growing shortfall of more than $400 million.

State Rep. Kay Wolf, R-Prairie Village, said the effort to designate little bluestem as the state grass of Kansas was brought by school children. Wolf said little bluestem grew in every county and she described it as “an icon that represents the prairie of Kansas.”

But state Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, pushed for big bluestem, saying it represented the Flint Hills. State Rep. John Faber, R-Brewster, wanted buffalo grass, saying it played an important part in Kansas history. But the House rejected both those grasses.

One more vote is required before House Bill 2649 can be sent to the Senate for consideration.

Comments

texburgh 4 years, 9 months ago

We are doing this because we don't have any problems like underfunded schools and social services, plans to furlough state employees, plans to release prisoners due to budget cuts, delayed road maintenance, skyrocketing college tuition, more unemployment, Kansans losing their health insurance, etc, etc.

Yeah, let's designate a state grass.

kusp8 4 years, 9 months ago

Dang it! I thought they were going to start selling "grass". Yah know, "special grass". Haha.

anitliars 4 years, 9 months ago

In my opinion, we should add up the costs of all the paper, time & state empllyee salaries this (and other similar) do-nothing bill used up, and take it out of the paychecks of all legislators who worked on it. They work for us - how would we react to an employee who spent time not doing their job? This kind of nonsense is why they can't solve any real problems. They get distracted (on purpose sometimes) and wander off the path.

Mel Briscoe 4 years, 9 months ago

oh, i thought this was another K-2 article....

Flap Doodle 4 years, 9 months ago

Not what I expected from the headline....

Kent Shrack 4 years, 9 months ago

Little Bluestem,, It's as big as you think. Now combine that with "in state tuition" for illegal aliens and we have some GREAT minds working for us.

KawHawk 4 years, 9 months ago

Geez, don't these bozos have something else to do with their time ?

LIKE PASS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT ACTUALLY MATTERS TO THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE !!!!

tolawdjk 4 years, 9 months ago

I don't know what is funnier, the fact that they took the time to discuss this or the mental image of Otto actually enunciating "Let's get her done" in the Statehouse.

I'm guessing that guy shows up to work in bib overalls. Mind you, new bib overalls.

"I'm Bill Otto. You stay classy, LeRoy."

ralphralph 4 years, 9 months ago

Good Grief! Motion to Adjourn?

Memo to out-of-touch legislators: Get to work or go home!

ClaroAtaxia 4 years, 9 months ago

How much more of this bullsh*t are you willing to take? We have all of these problems, and they're wasting hours over this crap. Maybe we should start a government that is useful and just stop listening and sending money to this one?

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