Friday, December 14, 2012
The Kansas Senate's new Republican leaders hope to finish making committee assignments early next week.
Incoming Senate President Susan Wagle already has named the chairmen and vice chairmen of the chamber's 13 standing committees. But an all-GOP leadership panel headed by the Wichita Republican has yet to finish its assigned task of filling out each panel.
The panel will also appoint Democratic committee members from a list of recommendations from Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka.
Wagle will become Senate president when lawmakers convene their 2013 session on Jan. 14, and committee assignments will start on that date.
In the House, incoming Speaker Ray Merrick will make the committee assignments. His chief of staff said the Stilwell Republican doesn't have a timetable for finishing the job.