Kansas legislators schedule one day to wrap up session

We would have preferred more time. There is much to be done. Passing Medicaid expansion, for instance, would extend lifesaving health insurance to thousands of Kansans, some of whom are newly unemployed.

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Opinion

May 13, 2020 - 9:28 AM

It is all down to one day. And we hope it is action-packed.

When the state’s Legislative Coordinating Council met last Wednesday to decide how and when the state House of Representatives and Senate would return, Senate President Susan Wagle and Majority Leader Jim Denning proposed a three-day session packed with bills. Their proposal was ultimately turned aside, and the Legislature will instead come back for a single day: Thursday, May 21.

That means, as a practical matter, little is likely to be accomplished. Other members of the council cited safety concerns, and the old chestnut about wants versus needs. We cannot afford that. We need a very productive day.

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