Kan. Students Get Lessons In How Lawmaking Works

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Some middle school students from Mayetta have learned this year that the process of getting a law passed is not always pretty.

Students from Royal Valley Middle School wrote a bill seeking to name a portion of U.S. 75 highway north of Topeka the James Lane Freedom Trail Memorial Highway.

Lane, who died more than 140 years ago, was active in border battles during the Civil War and the underground railroad. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1861. He also killed a neighbor over a land dispute.

The students' bill passed the House, but stalled in the Senate. Eventually, the bill became a $2.73 billion transportation program, with no mention of Lane at all.

The students' teacher, Nathan McAlister, says they plan to try again next session.


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