TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas lawmakers have hit the halfway point of their annual session and they havent had a hearing on a Medicaid expansion plan or pushed an education funding bill out of committee in the face of a court mandate to boost spending on public schools.
And the GOP-dominated Legislature doesnt just appear to be slow-walking new Democratic Gov. Laura Kellys big initiatives. Despite Republican supermajorities, an income tax relief bill that GOP leaders consider an urgent priority hasnt cleared both chambers.
Top Republicans began a long weekend Thursday by arguing that lawmakers annual 90-or-so-day session is not unusually sluggish and that committees have laid a foundation for key debates in March and early April. But the first big votes on a wide range of big issues including school funding, Medicaid expansion and even abortion arent coming until after the second half starts next week.