Top Kan. Dem calls for shorter legislative session
TOPEKA, Kan. - The top Democrat in the Kansas House is calling on leaders of the Legislature's Republican majorities to shorten lawmakers' annual session by 20 days.
House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence said Friday that the GOP-dominated Legislature isn't doing anything to create jobs, rein in local property taxes or boost funding for public schools. He says it should therefore go home early and save taxpayers money.
His proposal is to shorten the session to 70 days from its traditional 90 days. That would save $1.3 million in costs.
Davis also is running for governor, hoping to unseat Republican incumbent Sam Brownback.
Senate President and Wichita Republican Susan Wagle said Davis appears to be eager to ramp up his campaigning against a popular GOP governor.