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Legislature Reconvening To Fix Problem

Associated Press - June 26, 2015 6:57 am

Kansas legislators are extending their longest-ever annual session with an extra 114th day to fix a problem that arose after they inadvertently enacted two conflicting versions of a law aimed at holding down local property taxes.

House and Senate negotiators were meeting Friday morning to review the language for the correction, just before their chambers convened.

Legislators initially planned only a brief adjournment ceremony.

But they discovered a problem with a law limiting the authority of cities and counties to spend increases in property tax revenues without voters’ approval. The limits were supposed to take effect in 2018.

The limits were included in two bills raising sales and cigarette taxes to balance the budget. One said the property tax limits would start in July and the other, in 2018.