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Kansas Legislature staring at extra days

May 11, 2012

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— The Kansas Legislature appears all but certain to miss Friday's deadline for completing the annual session in 90 days.

The Kansas Constitution calls for 90-day sessions in even-numbered year, unless two-thirds of each chamber vote to extend the session.

Legislative leaders conceded Thursday that with the state budget, redistricting and taxes still unresolved, the session will probably stretch through the weekend and into next week.

The House and Senate both approved a resolution March 30 authorizing extra days. The resolution set April 25 as the start of the wrap-up session and June 1 as the final possible day to meet.

Comments

jmadison 2 years, 5 months ago

Do the additional days help to bump up the legislators' KPERS accounts?

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cowboy 2 years, 5 months ago

Sky god help us all , protect us from the ignorant

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lawslady 2 years, 5 months ago

The "law makers" will get finished as soon as they are no longer eligible to be paid their normal "per diem" pay for extra days. They will be done when the pay ends. If they got penalized for taking more than 90 days (or even if there was no more pay for working overtime), it would speed up how long it takes.

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2 years, 5 months ago

+1 I agree, let them work (that was a joke in case anyone missed it) without pay after the deadline.

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sciencegeek 2 years, 5 months ago

Not to mention that most aren't there on Fridays, and the few that are leave at noon. Or all the free food, which isn't deducted from their per diem. Or all the other perqs that would get most state employees fired.

But I bet the rules that allow that stuff won't be the ones ignored by Mike "man-with-no honor" O'Neal.

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Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 5 months ago

At least that critical Prayer Room issue got resolved.

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lawslady 2 years, 5 months ago

Nope. Last year there was a Senate attempt to end pay after 90 days, but it failed. http://cjonline.com/news/2011-05-09/senate-panel-seeks-pay-limit-90-days

Here are two charts for what lawmakers in all the states are paid http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/legisdata/2009-legislator-compensation-data.aspx http://www.empirecenter.org/html/legislative_salaries.cfm Ours get $88.66 per day in salary and a per diem of $109/day. Might make some people want to run for office?

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Tracy Rogers 2 years, 5 months ago

I notice you're not posting what their KPERS retirement benefits are. Why is that?

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Charles L Bloss Jr 2 years, 5 months ago

The legislature sits on it's collective butt for three months, getting paid for doing nothing. Then they have to go into overtime, so they get more money, to do the jobs they were supposed to get done in the original 90 day session. Nice scam if they can pull it off, and they frequently do, No changes are made. This is our tax money folks, at the least complain to them. At the most, vote them out and start fresh with people that understand we expect them to get the work done in the original 90 day session.

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4getabouit 2 years, 5 months ago

"Extra days..." I hope they work themselves into a coma. No wait! They're already brain dead.

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