Saturday, April 21, 2012
Kansas lawmakers' three-week recess is almost over. They will head back to the capitol in just few days for what is normally a wrap-up session, but at a public forum held at Wichita State University Saturday morning, representatives said there is still a lot of work to be done back in Topeka.
“The big thing holding us up right now is the redistricting maps. That is a big issue that we've got to get addressed before we can move on to the budget and other issues,” Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau said.
“Normally, this is veto session where we come back, we wrap up the budget and then we'll make some minor modifications to a budget that's already been approved. But we don't have an agreed budget yet that both houses have agreed to,” Representative Pete Degraaf said.
Degraff says at least part of the reason for the holdup is political divide.
“We've got a majority of republicans but not necessarily a majority of conservatives and moderates versus more liberal-leaning republicans; so there's division between the House and the Senate and there's division between each of the chambers,” Degraaf said.
The representative says the legislative wrap-up session usually lasts a few days or maybe a week. This time around, Degraaf expects he and the other lawmakers have several more weeks of work ahead.
Kansas legislators head back to Topeka April 25.