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Legislators To Face Many Tough Issues

Associated Press - January 1, 2015 8:21 am

Kansas legislators are expected to debate a wide variety of issues after opening their annual 90-day session Jan. 12.

They include:

— Education standards: Opposition to multistate Common Core standards for reading and math remains strong among conservative Republicans. The State Board of Education adopted the guidelines in 2010.

— Election fraud: Secretary of State Kris Kobach plans to seek the authority for his office to prosecute election fraud cases. He narrowly missed obtaining that power in 2013.

— Immigration: The city of Wichita plans to lobby legislators to allow immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to receive driver’s permits.

— Judicial selection: GOP conservatives want to give the governor more control over Kansas Supreme Court appointments, subject to Senate confirmation. Lawmakers currently have no role.

— Marijuana decriminalization: Proposals to decriminalize marijuana for medical and possibly even recreational use could surface but don’t appear to have much political traction.