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40 years ago: Kansas Republicans object to governor’s spending record

March 29, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 29, 1971:

  • Republican members of the Kansas House were charging that Gov. Robert Docking was not practicing what he preached in regards to expenditures. While Docking was directing other state agencies to hold their budget to an increase of 5 percent at the most, the budget for his own office for the past six years had climbed 146 percent, or an average of 24 percent per year.
  • A former Jayhawk was headed for the NBA. Dave Robisch, “6-10 scoring and rebounding mainstay of Kansas’ 1971 fourth-ranked Big Eight championship team,” had been picked by the Boston Celtics in the third round of the NBA draft. He was the only KU player chosen through the first three rounds.
  • The “bingo bill,” which would have removed penalties for playing bingo but would not have removed it from the state’s constitutional ban on lotteries, was still alive in the state legislature, but just barely. The bill, having passed in the House, was being discussed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose members tied 6-6 on a motion to recommend the bill favorably for passage. One senator then made a motion to kill the bill, but the committee had adjourned without voting on the motion, thus keeping the bill alive for another day.

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