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Senate to discuss proposals for Kansas Parole Board’s future

March 22, 2011

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— The state Senate has scheduled debate on two measures dealing with the future of the Kansas Parole Board.

One item on Wednesday's calendar is an executive reorganization order by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. The order would abolish the three-member Parole Board and move the functions to the Department of Corrections.

Also scheduled for debate is a Senate resolution disapproving of Brownback's order and keeping the Parole Board as a separate entity.

Brownback wants to abolish the board to make government more efficient and save the state approximately $500,000 annually. Kansas is facing a projected budget shortfall of $493 million in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Legislators have been trying to find a compromise with Brownback to achieve some of the desired savings.

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