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The last day of the regular session is Saturday, April 2. Next week, the legislature will consider conference committee reports where House and Senate conferees negotiate agreements on pieces of legislation.
Here are some items of interest over the last few days:
Just as we did with state legislative races, we've submitted candidate questionnaires to a number of local government candidates across the state. Here's a sample of what some of your local city council candidates had to say.
For activists in Johnson County, please mark your calendar for two important public meetings later this month.
The decisions made by Kansass appellate courts affect everyone in our state, yet the judges making those decisions are selected by an elite group of lawyers who represent less than 1 percent of Kansans. A new bill being considered by the Kansas legislature would change that, however, and provide voters a voice in the selection of our judges.
Gov. Brownback, in response to a budget shortfall of nearly $500 million, has proposed eliminating the Kansas Arts Commission and transferring its functions to the Kansas Historical Society. The Arts Commission receives $750,000 in state taxpayer dollars annually. The Governor is proposing that approximately $550,000 be eliminated and used to help satisfy the budget shortfall. The remaining $200,000 would be appropriated to the Historical Society for the purpose of seeking grant monies.