Archive for Monday, March 12, 2007

Statehouse briefing: Lawmakers question Sebelius ties

March 12, 2007

Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:

(AP) Lawmakers question developers ties to Sebelius: Some lawmakers are questioning the cost of a lease-purchase agreement between the state and developers with ties to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

(AP) Legislative rules keep votes hidden: Despite the blizzard of paper, buzz of activity and sea of lobbyists, reporters, staffers and visitors each year in the Statehouse, legislators still manage to keep some secrets about how they vote.

(KC Star) Tax-cut bills await action: The Legislature's appetite for spending will soon determine how much money lawmakers can put back in the pockets of Kansans in the form of tax cuts.

(Harris News Service) Secretary urges commission to delay turbine vote: Concerned about scenic wetlands used by migratory birds in central Kansas, the state's secretary of Wildlife and Parks is urging Barton County officials to delay a decision on zoning for non-commercial wind turbines.

(6News) Domestic partnership registry endorsed: The 57 member University Senate voted unanimously at its March 1st meeting to support the idea of a Domestic Partnership Registry.

l(LJW) Capitol Briefing State Board of Education Chairman Bill Wagnon, D-Topeka, whose district includes Lawrence, said a new education commissioner would probably be selected by the board in May - about one month later than earlier scheduled ... Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka has removed Sen. Jim Barone, D-Frontenac, from three positions this year. Hensley appointed former state Rep. Ed McKechnie, of Arcadia, to the Kansas Bioscience Authority to replace Barone, whose term expires March 15 ...

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Lawmaker fights for tax breaks for energy companies: It is no secret some legislators think House Utilities Committee Chairman Carl Holmes' enthusiasm for energy tax breaks burns too brightly.

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