Archive for Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In final vote, House rejects constitutional amendment aimed at Kansas Supreme Court, school finance

March 28, 2012

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— The Kansas House on Wednesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have prohibited the judicial branch from ordering the Legislature to spend money.

On Tuesday, the House had advanced the measure in a preliminary vote by a 91-31 margin. But on final action, the House voted 79-44 for it, which was five votes less than the 84, or two thirds majority needed to pass proposed constitutional amendments.

The measure's supporters said it was needed to rein in the Kansas Supreme Court because of rulings in 2005 and 2006 in which the court ruled the school finance system unconstitutional and told the Legislature it needed to increase education funding.

House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, and Gov. Sam Brownback, also a Republican, voiced support for the amendment.

But opponents of the proposal said it would disrupt the balance of powers between the three branches of government and hinder citizens' rights to seek redress in court.

Only Republicans voted for the measure, while all 33 Democrats and 11 Republicans voted against it. House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said he was pleased moderate Republicans joined with Democrats "to protect Kansas schools."

Comments

autie 3 years ago

But opponents of the proposal said it would disrupt the balance of powers between the three branches of government and hinder citizens' rights to seek redress in court.

I'm glad to see so many legislators understand their ninth civics training. Sad that O'Neal and Brownie don't see that.

headdoctor 3 years ago

O'neal and Brownback know very well what they are doing. They just don't care. Remember they believe they are above any law.

JackMcKee 3 years ago

the fact that the vote was this close is terrifying.

headdoctor 3 years ago

Doesn't mean Brownback wont strong arm enough to take another vote to get it through.

hyperinflate 3 years ago

Sure it's probably just the politics of an election year at work here, but the rejection of this bill, plus the rejection of the bill giving public money to private schools is clearly a good sign that there has been way too much overreach by the Kansas House.

tomatogrower 3 years ago

I would like to see who voted in favor. If it's one of my reps, I'll know to vote against that person this year. Do your jobs jerk. One of which is funding schools.

Brian Hall 3 years ago

Here you go: http://kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/measures/hcr5006/

If you click the hyperlink "Yea: 79 Nay: 44" it'll open a Word document which will tell you everyone who voted on this bill.

chootspa 3 years ago

Thank. Freaking. Goodness. Now it's time to get the clowns that voted for it out of office. O'Neal should be among the first to go. He's an obvious ALEC puppet.

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