Governor to Set Special Session Date
Associated Press - June 8, 2016 8:52 am
A top Democratic lawmaker says he is joining the crowded race to replace Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. House Minority Leader Jim Ward of Wichita announced his candidacy Saturday. He had named former Democratic Party chairman Lee Kinch as his campaign treasurer earlier this week.
Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to set the date for a special session of the Kansas Legislature on school funding.
The Republican governor plans to sign a proclamation Wednesday afternoon formally calling the GOP-dominated Legislature into special session.
He wants lawmakers to respond to a state Supreme Court order last month declaring that public schools won’t be able to open after June 30 if legislators don’t rewrite school finance laws.
The court rejected some changes made earlier this year in how Kansas distributes more than $4 billion a year in aid to its 286 local school districts.
The justices said education funding remains unfair to poor districts. Many Republicans have strongly criticized the ruling, and some have wanted to defy the court.
Lawmakers adjourned their annual session June 1.