Saturday, December 29, 2012
The Kansas Legislature will experience its largest freshman intake in more than four decades when the 2013 session opens on Jan. 14.
The influence of the newcomers will be most evident when senators review spending proposals.
The budget-writing Senate Ways and Means Committee will have seven new senators among its 11 members. It will be the first time since 1957 that newcomers are a majority.
The change in the makeup of the Senate committee reflects a shift in power within the GOP majority, away from moderate to conservative leaders.
The 125-member House has 49 members who haven't served in the Legislature previously and the largest freshman class since at least 1970.
Sixteen of the Senate's 40 members will be new, the most since 1993.