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2013 Special Session Wrap Up
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Legislature Makes Quick Work of 2013 Special Session

(September 10, 2013) The Kansas Legislature managed to make quick work of the 22nd Special Session. The Legislature managed to draft a bill, hold hearings in both chambers, pass one amendment in committee, defeat another amendment on the House floor (Ward’s Voter’s rights bill), and approve a bill—all in less than two full days. That is very impressive for a group of legislators who led a nine-day overtime period in the veto session. That type of efficiency should be commended. (Read more ...)


Special Session Opens Today

(September 3, 2013) The Kansas Legislature reconvened at 8 a.m. today to finalize last week’s "Hard 50” proposal. Committees on both sides of the aisle will work this week to fix the sentencing structure for the most heinous of crimes. The Kansas Legislature is responding to a U.S. Supreme Court case that found certain sentencing guidelines to be unconstitutional when imposed by a judge and not a jury. The full opinion can be found online at and a report from the Special Committee on Judiciary can be found at (Read more ...)


Special Session Set for September 3

(August 6, 2013) For the 22nd time in Kansas history the Kansas Legislature will reconvene in Topeka for a Special Session. This is the fourth time that the Legislature returned for a special session since agreeing to meet yearly in 1967. (Read more ...)


Gov. Brownback Call Special Legislative Session

(July 30, 2013) In the interest of protecting public safety and in response to a request from Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Gov. Sam Brownback will call the legislature into special session at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3. (Read more ...)

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