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Kansas House moves to stop wee-hours sessions, bill bundling

Associated Press - January 27, 2015 7:05 pm

Kansas House members are moving to ban post-midnight sessions of their chamber and make it harder for their leaders to bundle multiple bills into a single piece of legislation.

The House gave first-round approval Tuesday to rules for the chamber that say it can’t be in session from midnight to 8 a.m., unless two-thirds of its members allow it.

Also given first-round approval were rules governing interactions between the House and Senate. They would prevent negotiators for the two chambers from combining more than two bills into a single measure when trying to resolve their differences.

Critics said both practices lead to sloppy legislating.

The House plans to take final action on both sets of rules Wednesday. The Senate must approve the joint rules as well.