By a slim margin of three votes, 64 to 61, lawmakers in the Kansas house narrowly passed the Sunflower act, a bill that would create an educational savings account for Kansas public school children.

Republican lawmakers had to work for every vote though. The chamber sat in a "call of the house" for nearly an hour while leadership got as much support as possible for the controversial bill, which opponents have called a voucher program. 

It would allow families to take just under $5,000 of public school money and use it to transfer their children to private schools. The bill has received pushback from educators and Democrats, saying it will take much-needed funds away from public schools.

The bill now heads to the senate where it’ll likely pass, however, political experts believe Governor Laura Kelly will veto it.

“If Governor Kelly vetoes it, there's no chance for an override, it was far too close," Friends University Professor Dr. Russell Arben Fox told KAKE news Wednesday.

The bill was bundled with other proposals, like increased special education funding, to convince Democrats to support it. Still, with all but one voting no, that means lawmakers will be looking at other ideas.

Dr. Fox says now “Governor Kelly is going to push forward with other education funding plans, and the Republicans will either go along with that, or they'll propose a counter plan of their own."

To follow the bill's progress, click here