Archive for Sunday, February 27, 2011

Capitol Briefing: Bicyclists crash in Kansas House

February 27, 2011


Bicyclists crash in Kansas House

A proposal to give bicyclists a little breathing room against cars and trucks was defeated in the House, 55-59.

The measure said: “The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a distance of not less than 3 feet and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.”

Quote of the week

“At its basis, the core of this bill is mean-spirited and it’s not the Kansas way.”

— Rep. Charles Roth, R-Salina, on a bill to repeal in-state tuition for undocumented students.

Ballard honored by advocacy group

Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, received the State Elected Official Ally of the Year award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.

“We honor Representative Ballard for being an outspoken ally for victims and survivors in her hometown of Lawrence and at the state level as an elected official,” said Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV.

Ballard has worked with college-aged students and served as the director of Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center at Kansas University for 18 years. During her tenure, she was instrumental in a campuswide survey related to the prevalence of sexual assault and the need for services, the group said. She also worked with student leaders to establish a part-time position to promote sexual violence awareness and education initiatives on campus and in the community.

Banking speech draws interest

Last week, Rep. Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, before the full House in a point of personal privilege presented a proclamation honoring his family’s bank. He also used the occasion to give a speech condemning what he called overregulation of the banking industry. After the speech, House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, reminded legislators that House rules allow up to five minutes on points of personal privilege.

‘Religious freedom’ bill tabled

A proposal that critics said would have neutralized a Lawrence ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation has been tabled in the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 2260, dubbed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” would have prohibited government from denying the exercise of religion. Supporters said it was needed to prevent government from forcing people to go against their religious beliefs, but opponents said it was a deceptive way to allow discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgendered Kansans.

Legislator supports bill but says he will vote against it

During a discussion in House Republican Caucus on a bill that would reduce bond and interest state aid to school districts, Rep. Bill Otto, R-LeRoy, said, “Politically, I can’t vote for it, but I support it.”

What’s next

11:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Kansas Business Coalition will host an immigration legislation forum, at first floor lobby of 800 SW Jackson.

9 a.m. Thursday, hearing on proposed constitutional amendment to prevent courts from telling Legislature how much to fund public schools, before House Education Committee, Room 784, Docking Building.

10:30 a.m. Thursday, hearing on Gov. Sam Brownback’s order to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission, before Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, Room 144-South, Capitol

8:30 a.m. Friday, continued overview of Kansas Bioscience Authority, before Senate Commerce Committee, Room 548-South, Capitol.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

The measure said: “The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a distance of not less than 3 feet and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.”

For a vehicle to be driven otherwise is downright reckless. Why was it voted down?

notanota 6 years ago

Who cares about practical legislation that might save lives or reduce injury risks? Let's get back to our very important work of giving handouts to the rich and cutting services from the poor!

sci4all 6 years ago

“Politically, I can’t vote for it, but I support it.”

Bull. If he supported it, he'd vote for it. He's telling supporters of the bill that it's just not important to him.

This one needs to grow a backbone.

Notabonehead 6 years ago

First he needs opposable thumbs.

For more information on this character see "RedNeckRap Otto" on youtube.

Stuart Evans 6 years ago

can we get a bill introduced that demands freedom from religion and it's apologists?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

Yea, some guy in robe came by just other day trying to impose Sharia Law on me.

There ought to be a law against that.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

I get it all right. Got an extra tin foil hat I can borrow?

grimpeur 6 years ago

Wouldn't want to hold motorists responsible for their vehicles, now would we? No, of course not.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

See, even Tom, who is generally in support of irresponsibility, gets it.

vuduchyld 6 years ago

The banking industry is OVERregulated?

Looks to me more like we've socialized all the risks and privatized all the gains.

gccs14r 6 years ago

I thought the law was already four feet.

ralphralph 6 years ago

There are no such things as "undocumented students". What there are, Senor Roth, are "Illegal Aliens".

Saying they are "undocumented" sounds like they just left their ID back at the apartment. No, they are ILLEGAL. They should not be able to attend our colleges at all, yet less at a discount.

That's not mean, it's just true.

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