Topeka — A resolution condemning a legislator’s comment that caused a national furor remained in committee as the Kansas Legislature adjourned its 2011 session on Friday.
Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, made headlines when during a House committee meeting in March, he compared illegal immigrants to feral hogs and said perhaps the state should shoot them from helicopters.
He later said he was joking and refused to apologize. But under pressure from Republican leaders he issued a two-sentence apology in a news release one day later.
Several national civil rights groups called on Peck to resign.
When the wrap-up session started April 27, House Democrats filed a resolution condemning his remarks.
The resolution was referred to the House rules committee where there was no hearing or action taken.
Rep. Clark Shultz, R-Lindborg, who is chairman of the committee, said the resolution was filed too late in the legislative session to work on it. He said he thought the measure should have been assigned to a special investigative committee.
When the wrap-up session started, House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, criticized Democrats over the resolution, saying that Peck had apologized and his critics should move on.