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Rules dispute in Kansas Legislature stalls work in Senate

Associated Press - February 15, 2015 10:56 am

A dispute over a common tactic used by Kansas lawmakers to rush bills to passage has prompted the Senate’s majority leader to stop scheduling debates on legislation in his chamber.

House and Senate negotiators met briefly Friday to work on the final version of the rules governing interactions between their chambers. Their only disagreement is over how much to restrict the bundling of multiple proposals into the final version of a single bill.

The House wants stricter limits than the Senate.

The practice occurs because the same senators and House members negotiate over multiple bills dealing on broad topics such as insurance or taxes. Critics contend the tactic leads to sloppy lawmaking.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Terry Bruce has kept his chamber from debating legislation since Feb. 5.

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