Kansas House Rejects New Rules on Land Annexation

The House has rejected a measure that would have given county commissions the ability to block most land annexations by cities.

The chamber voted 65-57 to reject the bill Wednesday. Cities would need to obtain county approval to annex land under the bill.

Republican Rep. Ken Corbet from Topeka said he supported the measure and that land annexations deprive counties of revenue, which hurt residents of townships.

Several lawmakers objected to the annexation portion because it was bundled into the bill during negotiations with the Senate. A separate bill dealing with annexation had passed the House, but the language inserted by the Senate was significantly broader.

The bill also would have made tweaks to laws concerning auto maintenance bids, sewer district contracting and the governance of improvement districts.