Kansas Legislature’s Leaders Want Shorter, Quieter Session

Top Republicans are hoping the Kansas Legislature can close a projected state budget deficit quickly this year and avoid the infighting that made last year’s session the longest ever.

Education funding is also an issue. But leaders of the two chambers’ GOP majorities aren’t sure how far they’ll get in drafting a new formula for distributing more than $4 billion in state aid to public schools.

Lawmakers are waiting for the Kansas Supreme Court to rule in an education funding lawsuit against the state from four school districts.

The Legislature convenes Jan. 11, and its agenda is packed with issues. But Republican leaders said their goal is to wrap up the year’s legislating in less than the traditionally scheduled 90 days after last year’s session lasted a record 114 days.