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Sine Die 2019 -- UPDATE

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Kansas Legislature had one of the most memorable ends to a session in its history. The day began with Medicaid expansion supporters interrupting the Senate session by singing a hymn and chanting their support for healthcare. This led Senate leadership to clear the gallery, remove news reporters from the senate floor and lock the doors to the senate chamber. This is the first time I have ever seen this action taken. Reporters were told to clear the chamber or lose their press credentials. The chamber remained locked when senate proceedings resumed. It was an interesting start to the day. See; https://media.kansascity.com/livegraphics/2019/pdf/WagleLtr052919.pdf See also; https://www.cjonline.com/news/20190529/medicaid-expansion-supporters-drown-out-kansas-senate-proceedings. Here is a youtube video of the protest. Chants begin around 32:35 mark - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdzTSgJHV-4&app=desktop. A statement from Senate President Susan Wagle on this incident can be found on her twitter feed - https://twitter.com/SenatorWagle

When activities resumed, the Kansas Senate quickly confirmed Sarah E. Warner to the Kansas Court of Appeals. The final tally was 37-1. The sole “nay” vote was from Sen. John Doll (I-Garden City) who wanted to see a nominee from western Kansas. See; https://www.cjonline.com/news/20190529/kansas-senate-affirms-court-of-appeals-nominee-sends-signal-to-supreme-court

The Senate then approved a motion to remove SCR 1610 from the judiciary committee and refer it to the whole Senate. SCR 1610 is the proposed constitutional amendment that would replace the merit selection process for Supreme Court justices with the nominate/appoint model used for the Kansas Court of Appeals. SCR 1610 was approved 28-10.  See; http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2019_20/measures/vote_view/je_20190529124439_160305/

Sen. Masterson (R-Andover) made the initial motion, but declined to have a debate on the merits, at this time. His wants to have an interim committee review the process. No date has been set. It is likely that the issue will be sent back to Senate Judiciary in 2020 for hearings and debate.

Both chambers were able to pass another resolution dealing with natural disaster in Kansas. This will help with flooding and the recent tornado damages. HCR 5015 passed unanimously. See; http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2019_20/measures/hcr5015/

Both chambers were also able to override Gov. Kelly’s budget vetoes. The vetoes were bundled into one measure and passed the Senate 27-11, with the House approving the override 86-30. See; http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2019_20/measures/sb25/

 

Tags:  Author: Joseph N. Molina III  budget vetoes  HCR 5015  judicial appointment process  KS Court of Appeals  Medicaid expansion  Sarah E. Warner  SCR 1610 

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